Detroit, MI asked in Civil Rights and Public Benefits for Michigan

Q: Can an agency require me to sign a release for them to request any and all personal and medical information and to share

I feel this vague release violates my privacy and I told them I would give them info that pertains to services but they are denying services til I sign.

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Many agencies require signed releases before engaging with services. The reason being is that they need complete information about you to provide services, and don't want to be in a position where they give you inaccurate information or the misguided services based only on what you disclose or felt was relevant.

At the end of the day, if it's a program requirement for you to sign releases, the agency can and will deny you services. Your choice in the matter is to sign the releases or seek services elsewhere.

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