House approves Snyder bill on minors’ health services

H.B. 381, clarifying consent for mental health exams, heads to state Senate

HARRISBURG, April 18 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously passed her legislation that would eliminate confusion over when a minor’s consent is needed for mental health examinations and other health services.

House Bill 381 would enable the state Department of Human Services to update and clarify consent guidelines,” Snyder said. “With the Senate’s concurrence, we can eliminate the confusion and bureaucratic barriers impeding needed treatments.”

Snyder said a family’s difficulties securing mental health treatment for their child prompted her legislative efforts.

“Changes made more than a dozen years ago to the Minor Consent to Medical, Dental, and Health Services Act created confusion, and my bill would clarify the regulations so mental health professionals can work effectively with families to secure entry into recovery-oriented programs,” Snyder said. “Time is of the essence in many of these situations.”

The bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration.