Since the enactment of Act 147 of 2004 (Minors Consent Act-Act), attempts to amend the Act have occurred over numerous legislative sessions. With the advent of the opioid epidemic, the COVID-19 pandemic and the focus on early/preventive mental health and substance use interventions, legislators have been focused on amending the law to allow more parent involvement with children between the ages of 14-17. House Bill 672 (Printer’s Number 2004) was introduced by Representative Jason Ortitay (R-Allegheny/Washington) during the 2019-2020 legislative session. Based on constituent complaints about the inability of parents to consent for mental health treatment and/or have access to their children's medical records (along with the ambiguities within the Act), Ortitay contacted the PA Department of Human Services and the PA Department of Health for clarifications/interpretations to the current law and to seek remedies or alternative proposals to address constituent concerns. When he did not receive a response to his satisfaction, he introduced the bill. As has occurred in the past, legislative activity on this proposed legislation was slow and stalled after it received committee consideration and passage in the House in June of 2019. The Society, along with our colleagues at the PA Medical Society, expressed our opposition/concerns with the bill as written. A copy of the letter is enclosed here. The bill sat stagnant in the PA Senate until June of this year. The bill then flew under the radar of COVID-19 and police reform bills and passed the Senate in late June. Act 65 became law on July 23, 2020. In late July we sent out a member legislative update, providing an overview of the Act. At that time, we noted that a comprehensive analysis was currently being done by Deborah Ann Shoemaker, our lobbyist. This document is now completed and enclosed for your review. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you need more information or with any additional questions.