Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Minor Consent to Mental Health Senate Bill 543: A Policy Analysis
by Hernandez, Feliberto, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2020, 57; 27836295
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project was to analyze SB-543, Minor Consent to Mental Health Services. Primary and secondary data sources were analyzed pertaining to SB-543 and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) youth. Findings indicate that LGBTQ youth are vulnerable to suicide risk factors that are detrimental to their positive development and well-being: depression, suicide attempts, bullying, and family conflict. The aim of this policy was to increase minors’ access to Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) mental health treatment by expanding their rights to consent to their own services in hopes of preventing adolescent suicide. The state allocated funding through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) for PEI programs, increasing access to youth seeking treatment. Despite these efforts, provisions of the policy were not applicable to recipients of Medi-Cal insurance, creating challenges with obtaining services. Implications for practice, research, and policy are explored and discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chambers, Ruth
Commitee: Brocato, Jo, Potts, Marilyn
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/4(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Public policy, Mental health
Keywords: Minor consent, Senate Bill 543
Publication Number: 27836295
ISBN: 9798684674976
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