House File 64 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to confidential communications between a peer
2support group counselor and specified individuals.
1   Section 1.  Section 622.10, subsection 9, paragraphs a and b,
2Code 2021, are amended to read as follows:
   3a.  A peer support group counselor who obtains information
4from an officer or a civilian employee of a law enforcement
5agency or fire department
by reason of the counselor’s capacity
6as a peer support group counselor shall not be allowed, in
7giving testimony, to disclose any confidential communication
8properly entrusted to the counselor by the officer or civilian
while receiving counseling.
   10b.  The prohibition in this subsection does not apply
11where the officer or civilian employee has consented to the
12disclosure of the information specified in paragraph “a”
13or where the peer support group counselor was an initial
14responding officer, a witness, or a party to the incident which
15prompted the delivery of peer support group counseling services
16to the officer or civilian employee.
18The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
19the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   20Code section 622.10(9) provides that a peer support group
21counselor who obtains information from an officer by reason
22of the counselor’s capacity as a peer support group counselor
23shall not be allowed, in giving testimony, to disclose any
24confidential communications properly entrusted to the counselor
25by the officer while receiving counseling. Code section
26622.10(9) also creates exceptions in cases where the officer
27has given the officer’s consent to the disclosure of such
28information and where the peer support group counselor was
29an initial responding officer, a witness, or a party to the
30incident which prompted the delivery of counseling services.
   31This bill adds the confidential communications between a
32peer support group counselor and a civilian employee of a
33law enforcement agency or fire department to the provisions
34prohibiting disclosure of such communications and the
35exceptions to the prohibition.