Can a minor consent to their own care?:
No, consent from an authorized adult is required unless at least one of these is true:
- Effective June 9, 2022, the youth is experiencing homelessness and is not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian SSB 5883.
- The health care provider determines the youth is a Mature Minor capable of understanding the consequences of a medical procedure.
The provider should evaluate the minor’s age, intelligence, maturity, training, experience, economic independence, general conduct as an adult and freedom from the control of parents. Smith v. Seibly, 72 Wn.2d 16, 21, 431 P.2d 719 (1967).
Are they required to notify an adult?:
Notes and sources:
If you are a homeless child or youth as defined by the McKinney-Vento Act, you can get nonemergency, outpatient, primary care services with the consent of a school homeless youth liaison, school nurse, or school counselor RCW 7.70.065(2)(b). These services include physical exams, vision exams and eyeglasses, dental exams, hearing exams and hearing aids, immunizations, treatments for illnesses and conditions, and routine follow-up care customarily provided by a health care provider in an outpatient setting. (Elective surgeries are not included.)