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One Parent Consent For Behavioral Health Services

Concerning the consent of one parent for a licensed professional person to treat a minor for a behavioral health disorder.
2020 Regular Session
Children & Domestic Matters
Health Care & Health Insurance
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

The bill authorizes a physician or a mental health professional (professional) to evaluate or treat a minor patient (minor) for a behavioral health disorder with the consent of only one parent or legal guardian of the minor if both parents have legal decision-making authority over the minor, but not when there is an existing court order providing that the parents or legal guardians have joint-decision making authority concerning the medical or behavioral health decisions of the minor . The professional shall act in the best interest of the minor and provide services for a behavioral health disorder only in accordance with the professional's own advice or recommendation. The bill defines a minor as a person who is under 15 years of age.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




Bill Text

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