March 8, 2005
Pennsylvania Law Gives Parents New Powers Over Kids' Mental Health Care
Monday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured an article about a Pennsylvania law (eff. Jan. 22) that "gives parents more authority to direct their teenage children into inpatient mental health care":
The law allows parents and legal guardians to consent to inpatient treatment recommended by a doctor for children ages 14 to 17, even if the teenagers disagree.
For children in that age group, the law also:
- Grants parents and guardians, if they consent to a child's treatment, a limited right to release the child's medical records to mental health professionals. The right to release records was formerly reserved to the teenager.
- Allows teenagers to protest inpatient care approved by a parent or guardian by requesting a court hearing.
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