Parental notification; student's receipt of mental health treatment. (HB671)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Parental notification; student's receipt of mental health treatment. Requires parental notification from administrative or instructional personnel and school counselors and psychologists who as a result of direct communication with a student have reason to believe that such student is suicidal or is at risk of harming others. In addition, requires parental notification of a student's receipt of mental health treatment for suicidal tendencies or other behavior indicating that such student may be an imminent danger to others. Read the Bill »


02/04/2008: Merged into HB1005


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 083337616
01/08/2008Referred to Committee on Education
01/22/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB671)
02/04/2008Incorporated by Education (HB1005-Bell)


Alison Hymes writes:

Sounds reasonable on the surface, but what if the counselor doesn't know what the situation is at home because the child hasn't told the counselor? What if the kid is suicidal because he or she is coming out as gay? How could the counselor possibly know what repercussions his or her informing the parents might have? Gay teens commit suicide at a much higher rate, do we want to discourage them from seeking mental health services? If a child is suicidal or a danger to others, why isn't the counselor seeking more intensive treatment for the child him or herself rather than expecting parents to figure out on their own what to do?