Resources from the MCH Community
Several AYAH Professionals from a variety of settings (state MCH, universities,
nonprofits, etc.) have developed
useful AYAH Confidentiality resources — take a look! Do you have a resource you
would like to share that isn’t listed below? Let us know and we will feature it
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Guides for Providers:
This table below includes
examples of documents that have been developed in several states to communicate
current adolescent consent and confidentiality laws to different audiences such
as providers, parents, and educators.
Virtual Trainings on
Adolescent Consent and Confidentiality for Health Care Providers:
National Reports &
Protecting Confidential Health Services for Adolescents and Young Adults: Strategies and Considerations for Health Plans (National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation): Provides detailed information about the laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia that allow minors to consent for their own health care. It contains detailed, reliable, up-to-date legal information related to health care consent for young people who are emancipated, homeless, married, or parents as well as for young people seeking care related to contraception, pregnancy, STDs, HIV, drug and alcohol use, and outpatient mental health services. Individual state packages are available in addition to the full monograph that contains summaries of the laws in all 50 states and D.C. The monograph also includes a detailed introduction and several appendices.
- Confidentiality in School-Based Health Care: Explanation of Benefits, Billing, and Health Insurance Claims (School-Based Health Alliance): Confidentiality protections are an important element in the effective delivery of school-based health care. Increasingly, school-based health centers are billing Medicaid or commercial health insurance plans. Numerous opportunities exist for confidentiality to be breached in the billing and health insurance claims process, including through the sending of explanations of benefits. Confidentiality protections and disclosures are subject to various state and federal laws. A few states have laws in place that attempt to limit confidentiality breaches in the billing and health insurance claims process. This webinar clarifies the laws and explore potential strategies for addressing these complex issues
Selected Resources From the AYAH Center
- Resources on Confidential Care (NAHIC): This toolkit page offers an assortment of resources on AYA consent and confidentiality, including brief reports on explanations of benefits and state-level readiness in California and New York State to fulfill confidentiality and consent policies.
- Confidential Risk Assessment for Adolescent Sexual Health Services (SAHRC/Michigan State University): This webcast reviews the literature, laws, and guidelines on adolescent risk assessment and confidentiality, discusses practical ways to implement confidential risk screening in a clinical setting, and provides best practices for addressing risk behavior with patients and parents.
- Minor Consent & Confidentiality in Mississippi (MS First/MS Health Dept): This guide, developed by AYAH CoIIN state team members, is dedicated to addressing teen concerns about confidentiality laws, minor consent laws, and reporting responsibilities for health care providers to increase access to and use of youth-friendly health care in Mississippi.