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Terms of Use

Adapted from the MDH “Terms of use Statement” posted:

These terms of use apply to the entire group of Web sites owned, operated, licensed, or controlled by the Garrett County Health Department (sometimes hereinafter referred to as “GCHD”). Please read these terms and conditions carefully before using this Web site. By using this Web site or any other site owned, operated, licensed, or controlled by GCHD, you signify your assent to these terms of use. If you do not agree to these terms of use, you may not access or otherwise use the site. GCHD reserves the right, at its discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of these terms at any time. Please check these terms periodically for changes. Your continued use of this site or any other GCHD Web site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.

GCHD Copyright and Privacy Notice

Copyright Status: Most information at this site is in the public domain. Unless otherwise stated, these documents may be freely distributed without modification and used for non-commercial, scientific, educational or personal purposes. However, you may encounter documents or portions of documents contributed by private companies or organizations. Other parties may retain all rights to publish or reproduce these documents. Commercial use of the documents on this site may be protected under U.S. and foreign copyright laws.  In no event shall materials from this Web site be stored in any information storage and retrieval system without prior written permission from GCHD.

Intellectual Property

This Web site is protected by copyright as a collective work and/or compilation, pursuant to U.S. copyright laws, international conventions and other laws. Unless otherwise indicated, the Content, including, but not limited to, graphic images, buttons, layout, trademarks, logos, text, and other materials contained in this Web site and in the other sites of GCHD are the exclusive property of the Garrett County Health Department, and/or its related, affiliated and subsidiary organizational units, or its third party licensors.

Software Quality

GCHD and/or its related, affiliated and subsidiary organizational units do not warrant that any information, software or other material accessible through one of their Web pages is free of defects, viruses, worms, trojan horses or other harmful components.

Objectionable Information and Materials

When accessing or making use of any service provided on the Web pages of GCHD you may not:

  • post or transmit any unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, profane, or otherwise objectionable information of any kind, including without limitation, any transmissions constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any local, national or international law, including without limitation, the U.S. export control laws and regulations;

  • post or transmit any information or software which contains a virus, worm, trojan horse or other harmful component; restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Web site; post, publish, transmit, reproduce, distribute or in any way exploit any information, software or other material obtained through our Web pages for commercial purposes (other than expressly permitted by the provider of such information, software or other material); or

  • upload, post, publish, transmit, reproduce or distribute in any way, information, software or other material obtained through our Web pages which is protected by copyright, or other proprietary right, or derivative works with respect thereto, without obtaining permission of the copyright owner or right holder, or upload, post, publish, reproduce, transmit or distribute in any way any component of our Web pages themselves or derivative works with respect thereto, except where expressly permitted in writing.

Disclaimer of Liability

For documents available from this site, the Garrett County Health Department does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

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GCHD does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services. The views and opinions of authors expressed on GCHD Websites do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Garrett County Health Department, and they may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

~ External Links ~
Some GCHD sites may provide links to other Internet sites only for the convenience of World Wide Web users. GCHD is not responsible for the availability or content of these external sites, nor does GCHD endorse, warrant or guarantee the products, services or information described or offered at these other Internet sites.
Medical Information: It is not the intention of GCHD to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with access to general information to facilitate a better understanding of public health issues. Specific medical advice will not be provided, and GCHD urges you to consult with an appropriate, qualified medical provider for diagnosis and for answers to your personal questions.

Use of Electronic Signatures

In order to conduct certain transactions with GCHD by electronic means, you, or your authorized representative, will be required to use an electronic signature when such signature is necessary. We will ask that you also agree to all terms and conditions presented in an Electronic Signature Agreement. Please be aware that an electronic signature is as legally binding as a handwritten signature.


This Web site is provided as a public service by the Garrett County Health Department.

  • Of the information we learn about you from your visit to “,” we may store the following: the domain name from which you access the Internet, the date and time, the Internet address of the web site from which you linked directly to our site, the name of the file or the words you searched, and the browser used to access our site. This information is used to measure the number of visitors to the various sections of our site and identify system performance or problem areas. We also use this information to help us expand the coverage of the site to assist users in finding health information. We do not use “cookies” on our web site, unless specifically stated otherwise.

  • If we request personal information from you we are obligated under state law to provide you with the following information:

    1. the purpose for which the personal information is collected

    2. Any specific consequences to the person for refusal to provide the personal information

    3. Your right to inspect, amend, or correct personal records, if any;

    4. Whether the personal information is generally available public inspection; and

    5. Whether the personal information is made available or transferred to or shared with any entity other than the official custodian.  

  • We do not give, share, sell or transfer any personal information collected on this site to a third party, unless otherwise specified.

  • You are not required to provide information to us.  If we request information and you refuse to provide it to us, your refusal will not be held against your or prejudice our relationship with you.

  • When inquiries are e-mailed to us, we store the question and the e-mail address information so that we can respond electronically. Unless otherwise required by statute, we do not identify publicly who sends questions or comments to our web site. We will not obtain information that will allow us to personally identify you when you visit our site, unless you chose to provide such information to us.

  • Information that you consider confidential should not be sent to us over the internet.

Questions about GCHD privacy policies should be sent to the GCHD Web Team at 301-334-7777

Effective Date: This notice is effective on October 12, 2016.

Privacy Policy

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Your Health Information

Notice of Privacy Practices – General (MDH 4617)


Safeguarding Your Protected Health Information

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (MDH) is committed to protecting your health information. In order to provide treatment or to pay for your healthcare, MDH will ask for certain health information and that health information will be put into your record.  The record usually contains your symptoms, examination and test results, diagnoses, and treatment.  That information, referred to as your health or medical record, and legally regulated as health information may be used for a variety of purposes. MDH is required to follow the privacy practices described in this Notice, although MDH reserves the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this Notice at any time. You may request a copy of the new notice from any MDH agency. It is also posted on our website at

How MDH May Use and Disclose Your Protected Health Information

MDH employees will only use your health information when doing their jobs.  For uses beyond what MDH normally does, MDH must have your written authorization unless the law permits or requires it. The following are some examples of our possible uses and disclosures of your health information.

Uses and Disclosures Relating to Treatment, Payment, or Health Care Operations:

For treatment: MDH may use or share your health information to approve, deny treatment and to determine if your medical treatment is appropriate.  For example, MDH health care providers may need to review your treatment plan with your healthcare provider for medical necessity or for coordination of care.

To obtain payment: MDH may use and share your health information in order to bill and collect payment for your health care services and to determine your eligibility to participate in our services. For example, your health care provider may send claims for payment of medical services provided to you.

For health care operations: MDH may use and share your health information to evaluate the quality of services provided, or to our state or federal auditors.

Other Uses and Disclosures of health information required or allowed by law:

Information purposes: Unless you provide us with alternative instructions, MDH may send appointment reminders and other materials about the program to your home.

Required by law: MDH may disclose health information when a law requires us to do so.

Public health activities: MDH may disclose health information when MDH is required to collect or report information about disease or injury, or to report vital statistics to other divisions in the department and other public health authorities.

Health oversight activities: MDH may disclose your health information to other divisions in the department and other agencies for oversight activities required by law.  Examples of these oversight activities are audits, inspections, investigations, and licensure.

Coroners, Medical Examiners, Funeral Directors and Organ Donations: MDH may disclose health information relating to a death to coroners, medical examiners or funeral directors, and to authorized organizations relating to organ, eye, or tissue donations or transplants.

Research purposes: In certain circumstances, and under supervision of our Institutional Review Board or other designated privacy board, MDH may disclose health information to assist medical research.

Avert threat to health or safety: In order to avoid a serious threat to health or safety, MDH may disclose health information as necessary to law enforcement or other persons who can reasonably prevent or lessen the threat of harm.

Abuse and Neglect: MDH will disclose your health information to appropriate authorities if we reasonably believe that you are a possible victim of abuse, neglect, domestic violence, or some other crime.  MDH may disclose your health information to the extent necessary to avert a serious threat to your health or safety or the health or safety of others.

Specific government functions: MDH may disclose health information of military personnel and veterans in certain situations, to correctional facilities in certain situations, to government benefit programs relating to eligibility and enrollment, and for national security reasons, such as protection of the President.

Families, friends or others involved in your care:  MDH may share your health information with people as it is directly related to their involvement in your care or payment of your care.  MDH may also share health information with people to notify them about your location, general condition, or death.

Worker’s Compensation: MDH may disclose health information to worker’s compensation programs that provide benefits for work-related injuries or illnesses without regard to fault.

Patient Directories: The health plan under which you are enrolled does not maintain a directory for disclosure to callers or visitors who ask for you by name.   You will not be identified to an unknown caller or visitor without authorization.

Lawsuits, Disputes and Claims: If you are involved in a lawsuit, a dispute, or a claim, MDH may disclose your health information in response to a court or administrative order, subpoena, discovery request, investigation of a claim filed on your behalf, or other lawful process.

Law Enforcement: MDH may disclose your health information to a law enforcement official for purposes that are required by law or in response to a subpoena.

You have a Right to:

Request restrictions: You have a right to request a restriction or limitation on the health information MDH uses or discloses about you.  MDH will accommodate your request if possible, but is not legally required to agree to the requested restriction. If MDH agrees to a restriction, MDH will follow it except in emergency situations.

Request Confidential Communications: You have the right to ask that MDH send you information at an alternative address or by alternative means. MDH must agree to your request as long as it is reasonably easy for us to do so.

Inspect and copy: You have a right to see your health information upon your written request. If you want copies of your health information, you may be charged a fee for copying, depending on your circumstances. You have a right to choose what portions of your information you want copied and to have prior information on the cost of copying.

Request amendment: You may request in writing that MDH correct or add to your health record. MDH may deny the request if MDH determines that the health information is: (1) correct and complete; (2) not created by us and/or not part of our records; or (3) not permitted to be disclosed. If MDH approves the request for amendment, MDH will change the health information and inform you, and will tell others that need to know about the change in the health information.

Accounting of disclosures: You have a right to request a list of the disclosures made of your health information after April 14, 2003.  Exceptions are health information that has been used for treatment, payment, and operations.  In addition, MDH does not have to list disclosures made to you, based on your written authorization, provided for national security, to law enforcement officials or correctional facilities.  There will be no charge for up to one such list each year.

Notice: You have the right to receive a paper copy of this Notice and/or an electronic copy by email upon request.

For More Information

This document is available in other languages and alternate formats that meet the guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you have questions and would like more information, you may contact the facility, program, or local health department where you receive MDH services.

To Report a Problem about our Privacy Practices

If you are a resident of a MDH facility and believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint.

  • You can file a complaint with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Resident Grievance System Central Office at 1-800-RGS-7454.
  • You can file a complaint with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office ofa Civil Rights.  You may call the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for the contact information.

MDH will take no retaliatory action against you if you make such complaints.

Effective Date: This notice is effective on April 14, 2003.

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