Health Information Technologies and Processes

CONSENT TO MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT FOR MINOR CHILDREN

  • 1.  CONSENT TO MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT FOR MINOR CHILDREN

    Posted 12 days ago
    Interested to hear how everyone is handling the Consent for Mental Health Treatment for Minor Children.

    At our facility we do not let the children ages 14-17 consent for treatment, we do not treat adolescents as inpatients and we do not have any outpatient mental health providers.

    Issue we are running into, outside facilities that send us information allow the minor to consent at the age of 14-17 regardless of whether or not they are being treated for mental health, so now they have sent us something that they say will not be shared with a parent or guardian without consent however we have no way of knowing that.  When that patient treats with us the parent is consenting, therefore the information is being shared with the parent when requested.

    Here is a link to the bulletin:

    http://www.dhs.pa.gov/cs/groups/webcontent/documents/document/c_276794.pdf

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    Deanna Heinrich
    Director of HIM/Privacy Officer
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  • 2.  RE: CONSENT TO MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT FOR MINOR CHILDREN

    Posted 11 days ago
    When we receive documentation from an outside mental health facility we file it in Meditech under a form name titled "restricted health information".  It is only visible in the Echart and not the EMR.  We do not release it to anyone.  If someone internally is looking for it we will reproduce it for them.  If someone external ( including patient) is looking for the mental health documentation - we direct them to the source organization for that.  We do this for both minors and adults.  We do not have a psychiatrist on staff to review and determine if it is appropriate to release to others.  So this is how we handle it.

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    Stacey Goodenough
    Manager of Medical Records / Privacy Officer
    Wayne Memorial Hospital
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