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Legal considerations in the child psychiatric emergency department.
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PMID:  14579649     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Clinicians who practice in the child psychiatric emergency department have the complex task of evaluating the mental health or substance abuse needs of children, adolescents, and their families during times of crisis. Adding to this challenging clinical task are multiple legal considerations with which the clinician must be familiar. The precise impact of these legal issues varies from state to state. Some of these legal considerations are present at the start of the evaluation (consent for evaluation or treatment), during the evaluation (psychiatric hospitalization), and at the end of an evaluation (mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse and duty to warn or protect third parties from harm). Other issues (confidentiality and consent for release of information) are present at all stages of the evaluation and continue long after the evaluation has been completed. Clinicians who evaluate the psychiatric needs of children and adolescents are urged to review their local state laws relating to civil commitment, confidentiality, and mandatory reporting.
Frank G Fortunati; Howard V Zonana
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1056-4993     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am     Publication Date:  2003 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-10-28     Completed Date:  2003-12-09     Revised Date:  2004-12-04    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9313451     Medline TA:  Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  745-61     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
Division of Law and Psychiatry, Connecticut Mental Health Center, 34 Park Street, New Haven, CT 06519, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Child Abuse / legislation & jurisprudence
Confidentiality / legislation & jurisprudence
Emergency Services, Psychiatric / legislation & jurisprudence*
Informed Consent / legislation & jurisprudence
Mandatory Reporting
Mental Disorders / diagnosis,  rehabilitation*,  therapy
United States

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