Complex questions often arise regarding consent to treatment and confidentiality of mental health information for minors, especially when minors enter the dependency system. The fundamental rule is that parents or guardians are the primary consent holders outside the dependency system, and to some extent, inside the dependency system, until physical custody (through a court order) has removed the child from the parents.

As these complex questions of confidentiality of health information and record disclosures for minors is examined, health information professionals should also understand that entry into the dependency system does not automatically remove a parent’s right to consent to his/her child’s mental health care, but the juvenile court does have the authority to remove a parent’s right to consent to medical care once a minor is formally declared a dependent child.

This webinar will examine:

  • Consent for Care
    • Parents as primary consent holders
    • Minors, 12 years and older can consent for care;
    • Other categories of minors – emancipated, self-sufficient, married
    • When minor consents for care, minor can also sign authorization for disclosure of records.
  • Caregivers other than Parents/Legal Guardians
    • Qualified relatives
    • Foster parents
    • County Social Worker (CSW)

Speakers: Charles Onunkwo, MHA, RHIA  and Olga Birov, MS, RHIA, CCS, CHDA