HB 17-1320 (Michaelson Jenet & Landgraf/Fenberg & Coram) Age Of Consent for Outpatient Psychotherapy

Originally Posted: April 14, 2017
Last Updated: May 5, 2017

Summary

This bill lowers the age at which a minor can seek and obtain outpatient psychotherapy services from a licensed mental health professional.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports this bill as a way to help ensure that kids have access to the mental health supports they need to stay healthy. Mental health challenges can affect every aspect of a child’s life, causing difficulties at school, with friends, and at home. In addition, suicide is a tragic problem among children and adolescents in Colorado and across the country. In 2010, suicide was the second leading cause of death for U.S. adolescents ages 12 to 17. Colorado has historically had a high teen suicide rate relative to the rest of the country. In 2014, only 13 other states had higher teen suicide rates than Colorado.

Current Status

The bill died in the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee on a vote of 3-2.

Previous Statuses


April 28, 2017

The bill passed the House on a vote of 37-28 and has been assigned to the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee, where it is scheduled to be heard on Monday, May 1 at 1:30 in Room 357.

April 21, 2017

The bill passed the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee on a vote of 7-6 and now heads to the House floor for debate.

April 14, 2017

Introduced in the House and assigned to the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee, where it is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, April 18 at 1:30 in Room 0107.