My mother had me involuntarily admitted in NY State, and the hospital deemed me fit for discharge. There were delays and during that time my mother called in protesting my scheduled discharge. My discharge was cancelled.
I had an administrative hearing scheduled in two days, with a court hearing pending its outcome scheduled for two additional days after that.
I discovered that my mother knew all the details of the court hearing. My lawyer said that it would be illegal for the court to have released these dockets to anyone as they are confidential, but it wouldn't be a breach of medical privacy laws for the hospital to release the fact and details of such a hearing to my mother, because it isn't medical information.
I then questioned his answer with the challenge that if I was to call the hospital tomorrow asking for details of all of the upcoming patient hearings this month, I'm guessing that they wouldn't indulge my request, and he agreed, but he said that they would give it to someone's mother, and that this would not be a breach of medical privacy laws, however subjectively morally repulsive we may respectively find it. Firstly, is my lawyer correct in that, even while the court keeps private the information in these dockets, the hospital is entitled to share it with whomever they may so choose?
But I still cannot bridge this gap in my understanding: am I to understand that if they were to indulge my request, that they would not be committing any breaches, but that they would be guided by their own political incentives as well as moral compasses to refrain from doing so? Is my lawyer right here? Is revealing this information to my mother legal? (I was an adult from well before the time of admission, and my parents had waged a failed bid in another state to have me designated gravely disabled which the court rejected after ordering a so-called adulut protective services investigation, so there should have been no ambiguity as to my fitness to exercise adult legal sovereignty, even if one would otherwise argue that it might be questioned until a court could decide.
This begs the corollary question in my mind then, of the basis of why we may find disclosing these things to her so morally repulsive as we do: the answer of course, being that she was medically abusing me by deceiving and unduly influencing the medical institutions to assist her wickedly pathological agenda, that of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Does a private psychiatric hospital in the State of NY, then, have any duty of care to its patients to pay due diligence and care to screen for cases which might be matters of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy or other Medical Child Abuse, despite the financial benefits to their bottom lines of turning a blind eye?
Is my lawyer right here? Is revealing this information to my mother legal?
Does this violate their duty of care if my mother knowing this information would be bad for my mental health?