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Teen suicide bill would allow children as young as 12 to see a psychologist without parental consent

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Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow children as young as 12 years old to see a psychologist without parental consent.

House Bill 1120 is being called the Youth Mental Health Education And Suicide Prevention Act. It considers a number of approaches to preventing youth suicide, including allowing a minor 12 years of age or older to seek and obtain psychotherapy services with or without the consent of the minor’s parent or guardian.

HB-1120 would create and maintain a mental health education literacy resource bank that would be available to the public free of charge. That resource bank would allow psychotherapists to be connected to minors through their school.

Colorado has the third highest rate of suicide in the nation for ages 10 to 14, so in an effort to curb the crisis — lawmakers are considering a new bill that would allow kids as young as 12-years-old to meet with a psychologist or mental health expert without notifying their parents.

 

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