Webinar on Demand: Unique Situations Involving Disclosure of Minors' Mental Health Records
CHIA Product Code: WEB182
Webinar Date: February 26, 2020
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; and
- 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)
This program has been approved for 1.0 continuing education units (CEUs) for use in fulfilling the continuation education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Approved by American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) for coding-related programs only.
HIIM Domain: Privacy and Security
Charles Onunkwo, MHA, RHIA
HIM Director, County of Los Angeles
Olga Birov, MS, RHIA, CCS, CHDA
Health Information Technology, County of Los Angeles