CHA News Article

Minors & Health Care Law Manual Updated

The 2016 edition of CHA’s Minors & Health Care Law manual, designed for health care professionals focused on providing care to minors, is now available. With questions around who can legally give consent for a minor’s treatment becoming increasingly complex, the manual gets directly to the key issues and explains how to comply with state and federal laws related to consent for the treatment of infants, children and adolescents.

The manual provides guidance on the release of patient information, refusal of treatment, maternity/newborn issues, access to medical records, and special consent issues including when adolescents can consent to their own treatment, admission to psychiatric facilities, HIV testing and more.

The 2016 edition has been updated to reflect legal changes, including:

  • Requirements that physicians provide more information to courts before obtaining authorization to administer psychotropic medication
  • Elimination of the “personal belief” exemption from mandatory vaccinations for public school admission
  • Requirements that children under age 2 must be secured in a federally approved rear-facing child passenger restraint system; CHA’s corresponding form has been revised.
  • Laws that permit the release of health information to foster care public health nurses
  • Additions to the list of actions that constitute reportable child abuse

Minors & Health Care Law is a subset of CHA’s Consent Manual and includes a CD with more than 40 forms, many in Spanish. For more information or to order, visit