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H.B. 186 Enrolled
This bill modifies sections of the Judicial Code dealing with Juvenile Court proceedings.
. allows the juvenile court to appoint any qualified mental health therapist; and
. prohibits the juvenile court from excluding a mental health therapist because they
have not followed the recommendations of the Division of Child and Family Services
in another case.
Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
Other Special Clauses:
Utah Code Sections Affected:
78-3a-321, Utah Code Annotated 1953
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 78-3a-321 is enacted to read:
78-3a-321. Mental health therapists.
(1) When a mental health practitioner is appointed in any juvenile court proceeding to
evaluate the mental health of a parent or a minor, or to provide mental health services to a
parent or minor, the court:
(a) may appoint any mental health therapist, as defined in Section 58-60-102 , which the
court finds to be qualified; and
(b) may not refuse to appoint a mental health therapist for the reason that the therapist's
recommendations in another case have not followed the recommendations of the Division of Child
and Family Services.
(2) This section applies to all juvenile court proceedings involving:
(a) parents and minor children; or
(b) the Division of Child and Family Services.
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