Summary of Authority and Actions Regarding Public Health Emergencies: Indiana Public Health Code
May 1, 2020
Indiana’s Public Health Code and Communicable Disease Rules provide an array of actions that state and local health officers can use to respond to a public health emergency. This document is intended to assist health officers and their attorneys by identifying potential actions and linking to the applicable law. Though the details of this document apply only in Indiana, the legal provisions likely have similar counterparts in all other states. Lawyers in other states may have developed, or could develop, comparable summaries for their states.
The legal authority documented in this issue brief is drawn from Title 16 (Health) of the Indiana Code and applicable regulations. Readers are encouraged to review Articles 19 (State Health Department), 20 (Local Health Departments), and 41 (Public Health Measures for the Prevention and Control of Disease), as well as the Communicable Disease Control regulations.