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Q: Can probation officers demand full access to medical records?

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A: In Ohio, as in many jurisdictions, probation officers may have the authority to request access to certain medical records if these records are directly relevant to the probationer's compliance with the terms of their probation. However, the scope of this access can be subject to legal and ethical limitations, particularly regarding privacy laws like HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). Typically, access to medical records would be requested under specific conditions outlined by the court that are directly related to the probation terms, such as verifying treatment for substance abuse. Full, unrestricted access to all medical records is generally not the norm and would likely require a court order, reflecting a balance between the need for supervision and the individual's right to privacy.

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