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A California legislative proposal that its sponsor says will increase mental health services for children is being attacked by its opponents as “state-sanctioned kidnapping.”
Democratic Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo said her bill fixes an issue that denies poor kids on the state’s Medi-Cal insurance plan the same coverage as other children.
“[Assembly Bill] 665 is about making sure all young people, regardless if they have private health insurance or are Medi-Cal recipients, have access to mental health resources,” Carrillo said, according to the Sierra Sun Times.
But along the way, parents could become spectators to the treatment of their children.
AB 665 requires “the professional person treating or counseling the minor to consult with the minor before determining whether involvement of the minor’s parent or guardian would be inappropriate.”
The bill allows children as young as 12 to “consent to mental health treatment or counseling on an outpatient basis, or to residential shelter services” if they present a danger to themselves or others or are alleged victims of abuse.
“A professional person offering residential shelter services … shall make their best efforts to notify the parent or guardian of the provision of services,” the bill says.
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