From the NY Post:
The city Department of Health wants hospitals to hand over information on patients admitted for a first psychotic episode, as part of a new initiative aimed at delivering care to mentally ill people who might endanger themselves and others.
City hospitals may soon be required to report data on patients ages 18 to 30 to the DOH within 24 hours of their admission.
The city insists the reported information — name, age, phone, gender, admission date, diagnosis and insurance type — will be kept confidential and held for only 30 days.
During that period, the DOH will reach out and ask patients to participate in a “linkage to care” program. If they agree, their data will be retained to help the DOH remain in contact and make sure they receive “specialized, ongoing care for their illness” at area mental-health clinics, the agency said.