Below is Act 147 information and bulletin received from Shaye Erhard, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
1. Consent to Mental Health Treatment for Minor Children:
· The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services released a bulletin that clarifies Act 147 of 2004 (“Act 147”), 35 P.S. §§ 10101.1-10101.2.
· Act 147 addresses who can provide consent to voluntary mental health treatment for minors ages 14 and less than 18 years of age in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
· Act 147 provides that minors can consent to inpatient mental health care for themselves without parental consent. As is the case under the MHPA, the consent must be in writing and obtained only after the minor receives an explanation of the treatment and his or her rights and demonstrates that he or she substantially understands the nature of the treatment.
OMHSAS 08-01 Act 147 Bulletin.pdf