How do parenting plans provide for consent to mental health treatment for a child?
What does “mental health treatment” even mean and include?
Further, what if parents don’t agree on mental health treatment their child should continue, undertake, or stop?
In this context, how does shared parental responsibility and decision making work? Specifically, may one parent consent to mental health treatment for the child when the other doesn’t agree? Must they even confer before one parent authorizes mental health treatment for their child?
Shared Parenting and Decision Making – Mental Health Treatment
First, we discuss basics of shared and sole parental responsibility and decision making. Then, we examine Florida’s amended law mandating each parent’s retaining consent to mental health treatment when they share parental responsibility.
In this series, we discuss:
- Shared Parental Responsibility and Sole Parental Responsibility
- Shared Parenting – Retained Consent to Mental Health Treatment
- Florida Law: Each Parent Retains Consent to Mental Health Treatment
- Collaborative Practice: Shared Parental Responsibility for Health Care
- Collaborative Process: Clarifying Intent About “Mental Health Treatment”
- What Is “Mental Health Treatment?”
- Language – “Mental Health Treatment”
- Informed Consent By One Parent – Florida Mental Health Professionals
- Florida Mental Health Providers & Informed Consent
- What If Parents Disagree About Child’s Mental Health Treatment?