Utah CSD Data Request

HIJ Action Lab filed this request with the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing of Utah.
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From: HIJ Action Lab

To Whom it May Concern,

Northeastern University’s School of Social Justice and Health Equity is interested in the state’s prescription monitoring program, the Utah Controlled Substance Database. Specifically, we want to learn more about law enforcement access to the database, the use of an algorithm that produces a risk assessment score to analyze its contents, and the data access and retention rules governing the system.

In order to permit the public to understand how the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing is using the Utah Controlled Substance Database and how it impacts public health and civil liberties in Utah, Northeastern University’s Health in Justice Action Lab is making this request under the Utah Government Records Access and Management Act, §63-2-101 et seq., for the following records:

1. Any and all records reflecting the establishment, legal authorization, or permission to use, test, or evaluate the PDMP system (e.g., statues concerning its use, training manuals;

2. Any and all memoranda of understanding between the State Board of Pharmacy and any outside entity regarding the PDMP.

3. Any and all records including information about the algorithm that determines risk scores in the PDMP, including but not limited to its source code, developer documentation, and operator manuals;

4. Any and all research, technical reports, or internal audits that define and/or evaluate the PDMP’s effectiveness or performance;

5. Any and all research, technical reports, or internal audits that evaluate the PDMP’s risk assessment tool’s effectiveness or performance;

6. Any document containing a full list of the data fields in the PDMP

7. Any and all records of de-identified red flag algorithm outputs specific to the PDMP system and patient behavioral red flags (e.g., anxious patient demeanor, distance between prescriber and dispenser) with prescriber/dispenser training documentation on how to address the red flags;

8. Any record showing the number of patients in the PDMP by quarter and year (2006-present);

9. Any record showing the number of prescribers and pharmacists in the PDMP by quarter and year (2006-present)

10. Any and all records containing the overseeing body of the PDMP’s analysis of whether and/or how the PDMP has impacted public health in STATE (e.g. decrease or increase in overdose rates, “doctor shopping,” prescribing volume, etc.) over time;

11. Any and all records 2006-present of notification to law enforcement about information in the PDMP designated review group or other channels, including but not limited to how many times law enforcement agencies have been notified about information in the PDMP, and which agencies have been notified;

12. Any and all internal policy, memoranda, and/or training documentation describing how entities outside of the overseeing body of the PDMP, including law enforcement, may obtain access to information in the PDMP, including but not limited to the rules, regulations, and procedures of the designated review group;

13. The legal authorization for sharing PDMP information with the law enforcement entities; and;

14. Any and all records showing how often law enforcement entities or individuals have requested information or records from the PDMP, or made electronic queries of the system, including but not limited to what types of information or records have been requested, which agencies have made the requests, the percent of requests that were accepted versus denied, temporal trends, the form of the request (e.g. subpoena, warrant, etc.), and whether the requests were granted or denied.

Because this request involves a matter of public concern and because it is made on behalf of a nonprofit organization, we ask that you waive any fees. If you decide not to waive fees, we request that you permit us to examine, at our election, the responsive documents before deciding which portions to transmit. We prefer the documents in electronic format.
Should you determine that some portion of the documents requested are exempt from disclosure, please release any reasonably segregable portions that are not exempt. In addition, please note the applicable statutory exemption and explain why it applies to the redacted portions. As you know, a custodian of public records shall comply with a request within 10 days after receipt.

Thank you for your assistance. We look forward to your response.

Sarah Seymour

From: Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

Please note the response was submitted to your office in September 2019 from
Jennifer Bolton. Department of Commerce PIO. Check your records!!

Carol Inglesby
Administrative Assistant
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Phone: 801-530-6626
Fax: 801-530-6511
Email: cinglesby@utah.gov

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