A report assessing child custody and visitation rights shall include (1) a summary of a written report from any therapist treating the child for suspected child sexual abuse, reports from other professionals, and the results of any forensic medical examination and any other medical examination or treatment that could help establish or disprove whether the child has been the victim of sexual abuse, (2) any information regarding the presence of domestic violence or substance abuse in the family that has been obtained from medical personnel or records, prior or currently treating therapists, or f
The child's counsel is charged with the representation of the child's best interests and is to gather facts and present those facts to the court. The child's counsel shall have the right to access to the child's medical, dental, mental health, and other health care records, and the right to interview, caretakers, health care providers, mental health professionals, and anyone who has assessed the child or provided care to the child. The release of this information to counsel shall not constitute a waiver of the confidentiality of the reports.
A proceeding to have a minor child declared free from the custody and control of either or both parents, may be brought in cases where a child's parents are mentally disabled and are likely to remain so in the foreseeable future. The finding requires evidence of two experts, each of whom shall be a physician, surgeon and a licensed psychologist.
The mental health treatment or counseling of a minor authorized by this law shall include involvement of the minor's parent or guardian unless, in the opinion of the professional person who is treating or counseling the minor, the involvement would be inappropriate. The professional person shall state in the client record whether and when the person attempted to contact the minor's parent or guardian, and whether the attempt to contact was successful or unsuccessful, or the reason why it would be inappropriate to contact the minor's parent or guardian.
The treatment plan of a minor for drug and alcohol abuse shall include the involvement of the minor's parent or guardian, if appropriate, as determined by the professional person or treatment facility treating the minor.
When a parent or legal guardian has sought the medical care and counseling for a drug- or alcohol-related problem of a minor child, the physician shall disclose medical information concerning the care to the minor's parent or legal guardian upon his or her request, even if the minor child does not consent to disclosure, without liability for the disclosure.