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HB 1724: Relating to statements made by juveniles during assessments or screenings for mental health or chemical dependency treatment

Sponsored by Representative Roberts, HB 1724 makes statements by juveniles in the course of any mental health or chemical dependency screening inadmissible into evidence against them in any juvenile offense matter or adult criminal proceeding. An exception is made for a situation in which the juvenile has placed his or her mental health at issue. In addition, this prohibition does not apply to statements made to law enforcement and may not be used to argue for suppression of other evidence lawfully obtained as a result of an otherwise inadmissible statement.