Arizona Counseling and Treatment Services, a behavioral health provider serving the greater Yuma, Ariz. region, is notifying about 3,000 patients following the theft of a laptop computer and external hard drive.

The equipment was stolen during a burglary at an employee’s home, who was authorized to do work at home. The laptop was embedded with tracking software and disabled, but the external hard drive was not protected.

Protected health information on the drive included two or more of the following:  names, birth dates, client ID, referral date, enrollment date, service date, and treatment and other clinical information. The information was for the years 2011 to 2013. The drive did not contain any Social Security numbers or financial information, says local attorney Alicia Aguirre, who represents the treatment center.

Upon request, Arizona Counseling and Treatment Services will offer affected patients paid credit monitoring services.

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