Posted: 9:00 p.m.
The personal and medical information of more than 3,000 patients of Arizona Counseling and Treatment Services (ACTS), a contracted provider with Cenpatico Behavior Health of Arizona, may be compromised.
A laptop and an external hard drive containing sensitive information were stolen from an employee's home sometime March 18 and 25 while the employee was on vacation, according to Alicia Aguirre, the attorney for Yuma's ACTS.
"The data included client information such as the name, dates of service, treatment plans," Aguirre said.
Social security numbers and financial information were not saved on this stolen equipment, according to Aguirre.
She added that employees sometimes work from home, which is why this work equipment was at the employee's residence in the first place.
She believes the burglar took the laptop without knowledge of the sensitive information it holds.
"We believe that the people who took the equipment didn't really take it for the data that's on the equipment, more...to sell the equipment. We have no reason to believe that this data is going to be misused," Aguirre said.
Even so, the stolen information is data that's protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the law requires that ACTS notify patients of the breach.
People potentially affected include patients from the counties of Yuma, La Paz, Pinal, Greenlee, Graham, and Cochise and these patients should monitor their credit activity.
Those potentially affected have been contacted by letter.
Aguirre said if patients cannot get a credit check for free, her firm will pay any fees involved.
If you have questions or believe your information may be compromised, call ACTS at 1-800-218-6409 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.