Podcast #133: Consent in Minors - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast #133: Consent in Minors

d54934c9-718d-4241-8146-ea4aa81742bfRun Time: 4 minutes

Author: Suzanne Chilton M.D.

Educational Pearls:

  • For psych-specific cases where a minor is being transferred for a higher level of care, a judge or department of social services can be engaged to obtain temporary custody of the minor. The same situation as if the minor had acute appendicitis, there is no surgeon available and the parent is blocking transfer.
  • A minor 15 years of age or over can consent for his/her own mental health treatment. The parent has no legal recourse to block transfer or treatment.
  • Other instances that a minor can consent with no restriction on age limit include HIV testing, STD testing, drug or alcohol treatment, as well as reproductive health, minus sterilization.
  • Sometimes a parent will want their kid drug-tested, but this falls under drug and alcohol treatment and the parent does not have to be made aware of the results unless the minor wants that to happen.
  • Pregnant minors have consent for treatment and care of their unborn child, but not their own health, such as appendicitis.

References:  https://www.cde.state.co.us/sites/default/files/documents/healthandwellness/download/school%20nurse/understanding%20minor%20consent%20and%20confidentiality%20in%20colorado.pdf

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