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SJ 25 Minority young adults; Joint Commission on Health Care to study mental health needs.
SUMMARY AS PASSED SENATE: (all summaries)
Study; mental health needs and treatment of young minority adults in the Commonwealth. Directs the Joint Commission on Health Care to study the mental health needs and treatment of young minority adults in the Commonwealth. In conducting its study, the Joint Commission on Health Care shall, to the extent possible, (i) estimate the number of mentally disabled young adults by gender, age, and racial and ethnic classification, in the geographical regions of the Commonwealth; (ii) identify the prevailing mental health and emotional disorders and their etiology among minority young adults; (iii) identify the mental health needs of minority citizens, particularly minority young adults in Virginia; (iv) determine the number of racial and ethnic minority persons who receive mental health treatment each year and the facilities providing such care; (v) determine whether mental health care providers are trained to provide culturally competent mental health treatment; (vi) assess the need for culturally competent mental health treatment in Virginia; (vii) review federal and state laws and regulations governing the confidentiality of health care, mental health treatment, and medical records and identify the conditions and the extent to which medical records information may be disclosed to parents and family members to assist them in obtaining health, social services, and mental health treatment for mentally disabled young adults; (viii) recommend ways and alternatives, within the law, to provide parents and family members of mentally disabled young adults the ability to obtain needed health, social services, and mental health treatment for such persons without involuntary commitment; and (ix) consider such other related matters as the Commission may determine necessary to address the objectives of this resolution. The Commission must report its findings and recommendations to the 2005 Session of the General Assembly.