(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a parent or guardian of a minor may
consent to mental health services to be rendered to the minor by:
(a) a facility;
(b) a person licensed in this state to practice medicine; or
(c) a mental health professional licensed in this state.
(2) A minor who is at least 16 years of age may, without the consent of a parent or
guardian, consent to receive mental health services from those facilities or persons
listed in subsection (1).
(3) Except as provided by this section, the provisions of 53-21-111 apply to the voluntary admission of a minor to a mental health facility but not to
the state hospital.
(4) Except as provided by this subsection, voluntary admission of a minor to a mental
health facility for an inpatient course of treatment is for the same period of time
as that for an adult. A minor voluntarily admitted with consent of the minor's parent or guardian has
the right to be released within 5 days of a request by the parent or guardian as provided
in 53-21-111(3). A minor who has been admitted without consent by a parent or guardian, pursuant
to subsection (2), may also make a request and also has the right to be released within
5 days as provided in 53-21-111(3). Unless there has been a periodic review and a voluntary readmission consented to
by the parent or guardian in the case of a minor patient or consented to by the minor
alone in the case of a minor patient who is at least 16 years of age, voluntary admission
terminates at the expiration of 1 year. At the minor's request or at any time that the minor is faced with potential legal
proceedings, the court shall order the office of state public defender, provided for
in 2-15-1029, to assign counsel for the minor.
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