If a health care provider determines that the disclosure of medical information concerning the diagnosis and treatment of a mental health condition of a minor is reasonably necessary for the purpose of coordinating the treatment and care of the minor, that information may be disclosed to a county social worker, probation officer, or any other person who is legally authorized to have custody or care of the minor.
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.
A minor may consent to medical care related to the prevention or treatment of pregnancy. However, a minor cannot be sterilized without the consent of the minor's parent or guardian, or except under certain circumstances, receive an abortion without the consent of a parent or guardian.
The Department of Justice shall immediately notify an agency that submits a report by a mandated reporter of any information relevant to the known or suspected instance of child abuse or severe neglect reported by the agency. The agency shall make that information available to the reporting health care practitioner, child custodian, appointed guardian ad litem, appointed counsel, or the appropriate licensing agency.
The Department of Justice shall make available to a Court Appointed Special Advocate program information about known or suspected child abuse by an applicant seeking employment as a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
The Department of Justice shall make available to investigative agencies, probation officers, or court investigators information regarding a known or suspected child abuser who resides in the home where the child may be placed. Upon receipt of relevant information concerning child abuse or neglect investigation reports contained in the Child Abuse Central Index, the agency or court investigator shall notify, in writing, the person listed that he or she is in the index.
An inmate in a correctional institution or juvenile facility may request an HIV or hepatitis B or C test of another inmate if he believes that he came into contact with the bodily fluids of that inmate. The chief medical officer shall decide on whether to submit inmate to mandatory testing. In the case of a minor in a juvenile facility, the facility must notify the parent of minor to be tested and obtain permission for testing.
When siblings who are dependents of the juvenile court are not placed together, the social worker for each child shall communicate with each of the other social workers and ensure that the child's siblings are informed of significant life events that occur within their extended family, including: the death of an immediate relative; the birth of a sibling; and significant changes regarding a dependent child (unless the child objects to the sharing of the information with his or her siblings), including major medical or mental health diagnoses, treatments, or hospitalizations.
All information and records obtained in the course of providing mental health services, developmental services, services for the developmentally disabled, community mental health services, and services in state, federal, and county mental hospitals and institutions and psychiatric hospitals, to either voluntary or involuntary recipients of services shall be confidential.