Juvenile Law Center

Child Welfare and Foster Care

Consent to Treatment and Confidentiality Provisions Affecting Minors in Pennsylvania

Second Edition

This manual offers guidance to health care providers who treat minors, as well as to child–serving professionals who assist minors in obtaining health care. The manual provides a comprehensive overview of federal and state laws and regulations that govern the ability of minors to consent to medical, mental health, and substance abuse testing and treatment. HIPPA regulations as well as the provisions of Pennsylvania’s Minor’s Consent Act are discussed extensively.

The manual includes an overview of laws relating to the confidentiality of records, particularly when parents wish to access their child's records. A special section explains issues of consent and confidentiality as they pertain to court-involved youth. For more information, see the Office of Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF) 00-14-01 bulletin.


Lourdes Rosado, with Nina w. Chernoff, Alisa G. Field, and Riya Saha Shah

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