Consent for Treatment of a Minor Form

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Except in a life-threatening emergency, mental health treatment may be given to a minor ONLY with the consent of a parent, legal guardian, or an adult who has been given authority to consent in writing. If one or more children are being treated, then the parent(s) must complete a separate form for each child.

Most states consider minors to be incompetent to give consent to mental health treatment. Most states have laws that govern who may consent to mental health treatment and under what circumstances. There are various statutory and judicial exceptions to the rules of who may consent. Psychotherapists should not treat a minor under an exception to the consent law unless he or she has confirmed that the exception is valid and applies to the particular situation under the state laws where he or she practices. Documentation in the therapeutic progress notes should support treatment under the exception.

Child custody situations complicate the issue of who has authority to consent to a child’s mental health treatment. Written consent for treatment should be obtained from the parent(s) or legal guardian and maintained in the child’s progress notes. Consent cannot be given by one who does not have the legal authority to consent to treatment, though these individuals often present minors for treatment (grandparents, babysitters, stepparents, siblings, etc).

This form is also a part of the INTAKE AND HIPAA FORMS set. If you’re buying multiple forms save money by buying them together!

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At Therapist 2 Go we create organization and information management tools for psychotherapists that are straightforward and easy to use. We believe that forms do not have to be complicated to be functional and efficient and to capture the client information that you need to provide effective therapeutic treatment. Our goal is to help you run an efficient, profitable business, allowing you to spend more time focused on the therapeutic process and less time on routine administrative tasks.