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Maryland advances bill that lowers age of mental health consent to 12 years old

April 9, 2021
In voting to make Maryland one of five states that allows preteens to get mental health treatment without parental consent, Del. Kumar P. Barve said he was honoring an uncle he never met. His mother’s twin brother died by suicide in the 1940s, Barve told colleagues in the General Assembly on Thursday. “The family knew he was troubled. But we don’t really know why because he did not feel comfortable speaking to his parents, my grandparents, or his siblings. And he had nobody to talk to,” Barve (D-Montgomery) said on the House floor.
Article Source: Washington Post

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