Seeking Mental Health Support: Teens Helped Pass New Law to Access Mental Health Care Without Parental Consent

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Jordan T. testifies in Trenton, New Jersey, before the New Jersey Senate in support of legislation making it possible for teens to seek mental health care without parental consent.

Jordan T. was 16 years old when he tried to see a mental health care professional to help him resolve “issues” at home. It tormented him, he said, and he needed someone to talk to, but Jordan said his mother would not consent, as state law required, to allow him to see a mental health professional . . .

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