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6 This act modifies the Parental Termination Rights Act in the Judicial Code. The act
7 provides that when a mental health practitioner is to be appointed in a termination of
8 parental rights action the juvenile court may appoint any mental health therapist which the
9 court finds to be qualified, and may not refuse to appoint a mental health therapist for the
10 reason that therapist's recommendations in another case have not followed the
11 recommendations of the Division of Child and Family Services.
12 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
14 78-3a-415, Utah Code Annotated 1953
15 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
16 Section 1. Section 78-3a-415 is enacted to read:
17 78-3a-415. Mental health therapist.
18 When a mental health practitioner is to be appointed in a termination of parental rights
19 action to evaluate the mental health of a parent or a minor, or to provide mental health services to
20 a parent or a minor, the court:
21 (1) may appoint any mental health therapist, as defined in Section 58-60-102 which the
22 court finds to be qualified; and
23 (2) may not refuse to appoint a mental health therapist for the reason that the therapist's
24 recommendations in another case have not followed the recommendations of the Division of Child
25 and Family Services.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-22-02 1:41 PM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.