In most cases, parents must consent to mental health care on behalf of their minor children. However, there are situations in which minors may consent for their own care and opportunities in which other adults may consent to care on the minors’ behalf.
Generally speaking, the information a teen shares with her/his therapist will be kept confidential unless the teen gives consent to the therapist to disclose to others such as a parent or guardian.
However, the law requires disclosure in some situations even without the teen's permission.
Confidentiality cannot be maintained when:
- A teen shares that s/he is thinking about or has tried in the past to seriously harm self or another person.
- A teen shares that s/he is doing things that could cause serious harm, even if the teen does not intend to harm self or another person.
- A teen shares that s/he is being abused – physically, sexually, mentally, or emotionally – or that s/he has been abused in the past.
- A teen is involved in a court case and a request is made for information about therapy.
Additional information regarding HIPAA Privacy Notice, Informed Consent, and Confidentiality can be found in Well Street Online's Terms and Conditions.