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SB 6634: Expanding adolescent behavioral health care access

Policies related to expanding adolescent behavioral health care access are implemented, as reviewed and recommended by the Children’s Mental Health Work Group (CMHWG).

Language is updated from “chemical dependency” to “substance use disorder.”

A definition of “residential treatment facility” is provided, and is authorized as a  place where an adolescent can receive help.

Adolescents are able to remain in this treatment as long as it is medically necessary. For adolescents receiving treatment in a Residential Treatment Facility, the physician or other mental health professional shall conduct the review after 45 days of treatment, and every 45 days thereafter while they remain there. 

The authority will develop and operate a data collection and tracking system for youth receiving Family-Initiated treatment.