Kim Stanger has posted an excellent explanation detailing how HIPAA addresses mental health records and psychotherapy notes. It's great enough that we are only posting a summary and a link to the original article (click the graphic below).
Kim's article addresses:
Psychotherapy Notes Defined with practical comments and responses
Limits and Uses of Psychotherapy Notes including authorizations, denials, and health information organizations, and
briefly the relationship to this and other laws.
Stay (HIPAA) safe,