Measurement and Accountability

FERPA, HIPAA, and Student Health Records

Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 10:09 am

The Montana Office of Public Instruction would like to direct Montana schools and districts to the 'Joint Guidance on the Application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) to Student Health Records." Developed jointly by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education, this guidance is used to 'address apparent confusion on the part of school administrators, health care professionals, and others as to how these two laws apply to records maintained on students.' Please direct any questions you have regarding this to Sue Mohr, Measurement and Accountability Division Administrator or to Ann Gilkey, Chief Legal Counselor for the OPI. The guidance can be found by following the link:

For more information, contact Sue Mohr, 406.444.0793