OCR Designates HIPAA Regional Office Privacy Advisors

The Acting Director and Principal Deputy Director for the Office for Civil Rights, Robinsue Frohboese, has designated Office for Civil Rights Regional Managers in each of the HHS Regional Offices to serve as the Regional Office Privacy Advisors. On July 27, 2009, Secretary Sebelius authorized the Director of the Office for Civil Rights to carry out the designation required under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act (Title XIII of Division A and Title IV of Division B of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

The designation of these Regional Office Privacy Advisors was mandated by the ARRA-HITECH provisions under Section 13403(a). The Regional Office Privacy Advisors will offer guidance and education to covered entities, business associates, and individuals on their rights and responsibilities related to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules

The names, addresses, and contact information for each of the Regional Managers are listed together with a list of the States for which each Regional Manager has responsibility are listed below:

Region I – Boston (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
Peter Chan, Regional Manager
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Government Center
J.F. Kennedy Federal Building – Room 1875
Boston, MA 02203
Voice phone(617)565-1340
FAX (617)565-3809
TDD (617)565-1343

Region II – New York (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands)
Michael Carter, Regional Manager
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jacob Javits Federal Building
26 Federal Plaza – Suite 3312
New York, NY 10278
Voice Phone (212)264-3313
FAX (212)264-3039
TDD (212)264-2355

Region III – Philadelphia (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia)
Paul Cushing, Regional Manager
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
150 S. Independence Mall West
Suite 372, Public Ledger Building
Philadelphia, PA 19106-9111
Main Line (215)861-4441
Hotline (800) 368-1019
FAX (215)861-4431
TDD (215)861-4440

Region IV – Atlanta (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee)
Roosevelt Freeman, Regional Manager
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Atlanta Federal Center, Suite 3B70
61 Forsyth Street, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303-8909
Voice Phone (404)562-7886
FAX (404)562-7881
TDD (404)331-2867

Region V – Chicago (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin)
Valerie Morgan-Alston, Regional Manager
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 240
Chicago, IL 60601
Voice Phone (312)886-2359
FAX (312)886-1807
TDD (312)353-5693

Region VI – Dallas (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas)
Ralph Rouse, Regional Manager
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1301 Young Street, Suite 1169
Dallas, TX 75202
Voice Phone (214)767-4056
FAX (214)767-0432
TDD (214)767-8940

Region VII – Kansas City (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska)
Frank Campbell, Regional Manager
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
601 East 12th Street – Room 248
Kansas City, MO 64106
Voice Phone (816)426-7277
FAX (816)426-3686
TDD (816)426-7065

Region VIII – Denver (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming)
Velveta Howell, Regional Manager
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1961 Stout Street — Room 1426 FOB
Denver, CO 80294-3538
Voice Phone (303)844-2024
FAX (303)844-2025
TDD (303)844-3439

Region IX – San Francisco (American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada)
Michael Kruley, Regional Manager
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
90 7th Street, Suite 4-100
San Francisco, CA 94103
Voice Phone (415)437-8310
FAX (415)437-8329
TDD (415)437-8311

Region X – Seattle(Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington)
Linda Yuu Connor, Regional Manager
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
2201 Sixth Avenue – M/S: RX-11
Seattle, WA 98121-1831
Voice Phone (206)615-2290
FAX (206)615-2297
TDD (206)615-2296