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Minor Consent and Rights

Serra Medical Group follows an established policy and procedure regarding m minor consents. Under California state law, minor consent services are those covered services of a sensitive nature that minor do not need parental consent to access or obtain. The health care provider is not permitted to inform a parent or legal guardian without the minor’s consent. Minors under age 18 may consent to medical care related to the those listed below.

The following procedure must be followed:


  1. Abortions do not require prior authorization (without parental consent or court permission)
  2. The following services do not require prior authorization
    1. Sexual assault, including rape diagnosis, treatment and collection of medical evidence. The treating provider must attempt to contact the minor’s parent or legal guardian and note in the minor’s treatment record the date and time of the attempted contact and whether it was successful. This provision does not apply if the treating provider reasonably believes that the minor’s parent or legal guardian committed the sexual assault on the minor of if the minor is over age 12 and treated for rape.
    2. Drug or alcohol abuse for children twelve (12) years of age or older, except for the replacement narcotic abuse treatment
    3. Pregnancy, prevention, or treatment of pregnancy (except sterilization)
    4. Family Planning, including the right to receive birth control
    5. Sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s in children 12 years of age or older
    6. Infectious, contagious, communicable, and sexually transmitted diseases diagnosis and treatment for children ages 12 and older
    7. General medical, psychiatric, or dental care if all of the following conditions are satisfied.
    8. The minor is age 15 or older
    9. The minor is living separate and apart from his or her parents or guardian, whether with or without the consent of a parent or guardian and regardless of the duration of the separate residence.
    10. The minor is managing his or her own financial affairs, regardless of the source of the minor’s income, If the minor is an emancipated minor, he or she may consent to medical, dental and psychiatric care.
    11. Outpatient behavioral health treatment or counseling for children twelve (12) years or older under specific conditions, who in the opinion of the attending provider, the minor is mature enough to participate intelligently in the outpatient or residential shelter services.
      1. The minor would represent a danger of serious physical or mental harm to himself or herself or others without the behavioral health treatment, counseling, or residential shelter service.
      2. The children are the alleged victims of incest or child abuse
      3. Skeletal X-ray- A health care provider may take skeletal x-ray of a child without the consent of the child’s parent or legal guardian, but only for the purposes of diagnosing the case as one of possible child abuse or neglect and determining the extent of the abuse or neglect.
  3. Confidential HIV Testing and counseling for children ages 12 and older
  4. Preventive Services
  5. Prenatal- self refer & in network
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