HMIS FAQ
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For the Universal Data Element “name” we must include the legal name and use a nickname if the person has not legally changed it. Is the same true for transgender clients? For example, if the client’s ID says “female” but the client says they are male, which should I put?

Date Published: November 2015

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For the response to gender, always record the gender that the person reports. It does not have to match legal documents and you should not ask about medical history or other information to try to determine the person’s gender. You can also update the gender previously recorded in HMIS if it does not match the person’s current gender.


Tags: Data - Data Standards

FAQ ID:

3362