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City of Philadelphia

Health and Adult Services Unit

Lynda H. Moore, Chief Deputy City Solicitor
Nancy Weinman, Chief Deputy HIPAA Privacy Unit

The Health and Adult Services Unit represents the Department of Public Health, the Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbility Services, and the Office of Supportive Housing in the Court of Common Pleas and at various administrative proceedings. HAS provides counsel to the Medical Examiner and regularly attends meetings of the Institutional Review Board. Attorneys provide counsel to all clients regarding statutory and regulatory compliance. Attorneys in this unit litigate a myriad of cases including the involuntary civil commitment of mentally ill adults and children and the involuntary civil commitment of adults with intellectual disabilities. Additionally, this unit is responsible for litigation related to the remediation of lead in Philadelphia housing and the treatment of communicable diseases, including tuberculosis. HAS attorneys attend advisory and planning meetings geared toward assisting our clients with the effective provision of social services and are responsible for the review and production of confidential treatment records consistent with a variety of state and federal laws. HAS attorneys routinely work with service providers and the general public to provide information on access points for City services. We provide training where appropriate to assist individuals on navigating City health and other critical services. This unit also includes the Law Department's HIPAA compliance attorneys who are responsible for assisting the Law Department and other City Departments with the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the Breach Notification Rule compliance.