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May a psychologist continue his practice to notify a parent before treating his or her minor child, even though the minor child is able to consent to such health care under state law?


The HIPAA Privacy Rule would defer to State or other applicable law that addresses the disclosure of health information to a parent about a minor child. If the minor child is permitted, under State law, to consent to such health care without the consent of her parent and does consent to such care, the provider may notify the parent when the State law explicitly requires or permits the health provider to do so. If State law permits the minor child to consent to such health care without parental consent, but is silent on parental notification, the provider would need the child’s permission to notify a parent.



Date Created: 12/19/2002

Content created by Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Content last reviewed on July 26, 2013