PA's Mental Health Consent Law
In September 2020, PA's mental health consent law changed. This new law called, Act 65 of 2020, allows children age 14 and up to consent for their own mental health treatment which can not be overridden by their parent/legal guardian's refusal. This allowance to seek and receive treatment on their own is valuable and we fully support their right to receive the services they desire.
We also want to make sure families understand this updated law also reaffirms the fact that parents/legal guardians can consent to mental health treatment for their children, of any age, with or without the child's consent. While we understand that in the past many providers were under the impression that children age 14 and older could refuse treatment, this new law makes it clear that that is NOT the case. Parents/legal guardians can consent to both inpatient and outpatient treatment for their child even over the child's objections.
Learn About the New Law Below
We offer a variety of ways to learn about the new law. Check out our recorded webinar, our on-demand course or our 1-page tip sheet available in English and Spanish (front and back).
Sign up for this on-demand 30-minute training on Gabby's Law including a final assessment allowing you to demonstrate your understanding of the new law. Once you satisfactorily complete the course you will receive a certification of completion. To register click the button below.