Report a Breach

What is a Privacy Breach?

A privacy breach is one that compromises the security or privacy of Protected Health Information (PHI) that poses a significant risk of financial, reputational, or other harm to the subject of the information.

What is a Security Breach?

A security breach, however, may or may not involve such harm. A security breach is an accidental or intentional violation of a policy designed to protect PHI.

Who Must Report?

All employees must report a breach.  Anyone can report a breach.

What Should Be Reported?

All suspected or actual privacy and security breaches must be reported to the Office of Compliance & Ethics.

How to Report?

The person who discovers the breach, or suspected breach, must initiate the reporting procedures as soon as discovering a breach. The person discovering the breach must complete the Breach Notification/Response Form. The form can be found on HHSAnet and on the HHSA website. Once the form is complete, the form must be submitted to the Office of Compliance & Ethics. The form can be emailed to No employee will be subject to retaliation for reports of suspected compliance issues made in good faith.

Breach Incident Reporting Form
Breach Incident Reporting Form

Please use this form to report a suspected privacy and/or security breach.

Agency News

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Is Coming to Tulare County

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Is Coming to Tulare County

On July 16, 2022, we in Tulare County will join the rest of the United States in beginning to use the 988 dialing code. 988 will be the new three-digit number for calls (multiple languages), text, or chat (English only) that connects people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

2022 Walk with a Doc Program

2022 Walk with a Doc Program

Held the second Saturday of each month in Visalia, Walk with a Doc is a free community outreach program, which strives to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages. This doctor-led group is a fun and safe place to go for a walk, learn about health, and meet new friends.