Section 9538.

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(a) Persons involved in the procurement or management of services shall not engage in a conflict of interest, real or apparent.

(b) Staff and volunteers shall not engage in the business of insurance or other related activity while associated with the community-based services programs.

(c) For the services covered under the community-based services programs, no area agency or contract officer, employee, or board member shall use the formal names or acronyms for the services except in conjunction with the provision of covered services, official duty, and participation in specifically sanctioned events.

(d) No information concerning any individual that is acquired by the department, the area agencies on aging, or service providers in the administration and delivery of community-based services specified in Chapter 7.5 (commencing with Section 9540), including the fact that an individual has sought or received services, shall be disclosed without the informed written consent of the individual to whom the information applies or unless pursuant to court order, after noticed hearing, irrespective of whether the person or party seeking disclosure already has the information, has other means of obtaining the information, had obtained a subpoena to obtain the information, or asserts any other basis or justification for disclosure of the information. Nothing in this subdivision shall preclude the exchange of information between the department, the area agencies on aging, and service providers which is necessary for the effective state and local administration and oversight of the programs involved, or the sharing of information with state licensing and certification agencies or law enforcement entities when the information is necessary for the performance of their respective duties.

(Added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1097, Sec. 13. Effective January 1, 1997.)

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