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February 17, 1999

Licensing Boards and the Stigma of Mental Illness—Reply

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(7):606-607. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-7-jbk0217

In Reply: The United States Department of Justice has issued an important opinion that the Minnesota Medical Board is violating the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).1 It said that the board may not infer possible occupational impairment from a mental health diagnosis or use of mental health care without evidence of occupational impairment. It also said that the board may not indiscriminately demand medical records and progress notes but must limit requests on a for-cause and need-to-know basis.

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