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Bill Detail: HB24-1471

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Title Electroconvulsive Treatment for Minors
Status Sent to the Governor (05/23/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
House Sponsors M. Young (D)
M. Bradfield (R)
Senate Sponsors D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
House Committee Health and Human Services
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 05/02/2024
Summary

Current law prohibits electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) from
being performed on a minor under 16 years of age. The bill authorizes
ECT to be performed on a minor who is under 16 years of age only if:
  • 2 individuals licensed to practice medicine in Colorado and
specializing in psychiatry approve the ECT;
  • Other less-invasive treatments have failed;
  • ECT is medically necessary to treat life-threatening
malignant catatonia;
  • ECT is performed by at least one physician, or the
physician's designee, who is trained and credentialed in
ECT; and
  • The minor's parent or guardian consents to ECT.

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