Mental health treatment for minors; parental notification required. (HB121)

Introduced By

Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Parental notification of minor's mental health treatment. Requires any state or local government employee providing mental health treatment to a minor to notify the minor's parent, legal guardian, or person standing in loco parentis of the provision of services within five days of the provision of services. Read the Bill »


02/21/2008: Failed to Pass in Committee


12/17/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 083133600
12/17/2007Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/22/2008Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2008Read first time
01/24/2008Read second time
01/24/2008Passed by for the day
01/25/2008Passed by for the day
01/28/2008Read second time
01/28/2008Pending question ordered
01/28/2008Floor substitute printed 088568600-H1 (Lingamfelter)
01/28/2008Substitute by Delegate Lingamfelter agreed to 088568600-H1
01/28/2008Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB121H1
01/29/2008Read third time and passed House (88-Y 10-N)
01/29/2008VOTE: --- PASSAGE (88-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2008Communicated to Senate
01/30/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
01/30/2008Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/12/2008Assigned Education sub: Health Care
02/21/2008Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (11-Y 3-N)


Legal Aid Justice Center, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee - Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 A.M. - House Room D.

Marsha Maines writes:

Couldn't tell if this applies to BOTH parents being notified. Non Custodial Parents have the RIGHT to know if their children are under mental health care too.

Alison Hymes writes:

Teenagers under 18 who want their parents to know they are in therapy will tell them. Therapists and counselors who think that parents should be involved for reasons of safety or otherwise have an ethical obligation to involve parents already. What this bill does is discourage teenagers who need counseling or other mental health care and do not think their parents will agree to it or think their parents will punish them for seeking treatment from seeking mental health services at all. How is this helpful to the public, to teenagers or to anyone?

There are parents who do not believe in mental health services, such as Scientologists. Should their children be barred from receiving mental health services due to a bill like this?