A physician, physician assistant, psychologist, nurse practitioner, clinical social worker licensed under ORS 675.530 (License), professional counselor or marriage and family therapist licensed by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, naturopathic physician licensed under ORS chapter 685 or community mental health program described in ORS 109.675 (Right to diagnosis or treatment for mental or emotional disorder or chemical dependency without parental consent) who in good faith provides diagnosis or treatment to a minor as authorized by ORS 109.675 (Right to diagnosis or treatment for mental or emotional disorder or chemical dependency without parental consent) shall not be subject to any civil liability for providing such diagnosis or treatment without consent of the parent or legal guardian of the minor. [1985 c.525 §3; 1989 c.721 §49; 2009 c.442 §32; 2009 c.595 §73; 2013 c.178 §3; 2014 c.45 §15; 2017 c.356 §8]
What does this mean for you?
Healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, etc) involved in youth healthcare have additional protections under the law. For example, a healthcare professional would not face civil liability if they provide care to a minor without parental consent. In other words, healthcare workers (doctors, nurses, etc) are protected from being sued by a minor’s legal guardians/caregivers if they provide care to a minor without caregiver consent.