Youth mental health bill passes in Kentucky House
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Legislation that would allow older homeless teenagers to receive outpatient mental health care without parental consent has passed the Kentucky House.
House Bill 213, sponsored by House Minority Leader Joni L. Jenkins, D-Shively, and House Speaker Pro Tempore David Meade, R-Stanford, would allow homeless youth ages 16 to 18 who are defined as “unaccompanied youth” under federal law to receive outpatient mental health counseling from a qualified provider at the child’s request.
Jenkins says the bill is expected to help approximately 3,000 young people in Kentucky get the care they need.
HB 213 passed the House by a vote of 95-0 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.