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house Bill H.R. 2218

Parental Consent Act of 2009

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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedApril 30th, 2009

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Parental Consent Act of 2009

Official Title

To prohibit the use of Federal funds for any universal or mandatory mental health screening program.


Parental Consent Act of 2009 - Prohibits federal funds from being used to establish or implement any universal or mandatory mental health, psychiatric, or socioemotional screening program. Prohibits federal education funds from being used to pay any local educational agency or other instrument of government that uses the refusal of a parent or legal guardian to provide consent to mental health screening as the basis of a charge of child abuse, child neglect, medical neglect, or education neglect until the agency or instrument demonstrates that it is no longer using such refusal as a basis of such charge. Defines a screening program under this Act as any mental health screening program in which a set of individuals is automatically screened without regard to whether there was a prior indication of a need for mental health treatment, including: (1) any program of state incentive grants to implement recommendations in the July 2003 report of the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, the State Early Childhood Comprehensive System, grants for TeenScreen, and the Foundations for Learning Grants; and (2) any student mental health screening program that allows mental health screening of individuals under 18 years of age without the express, written, voluntary, informed consent of the parent or legal guardian of the individual involved.

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