Confidential Services for Minors: Legal and Compliance Challenges

May 30, 2024

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State laws permit minors (individuals who are younger than 18) to consent to a range of health care services without parental consent.  Known as “confidential services,” such health care services often include sexual and reproductive health care, mental health care and substance use disorder services.  The state laws are designed to encourage minors to seek the health care services they need.

While many of these state laws have been in place for decades, providers of confidential services have faced new and unique legal and compliance challenges due to the increased use of patient portals and apps, the requirements to allow access to health information under the Information Blocking Rule, and the increased pressure and scrutiny from politicians and advocacy groups advocating for parental rights.

In this webinar, the presenters will discuss the common consent models states use for minors seeking confidential services.  The presenters will discuss key questions to ask your electronic health record (EHR) vendor related to patient and proxy access controls and they will identify key policies and procedures to review related to providing confidential services for minors.

Please note: This webinar is offered as a complimentary product to all Health Center Compliance Premium Plan Subscribers. For more information on our Premium Plan, click here or contact us.

The on-demand version of this webinar will be available for purchase after the conclusion of the live webinar. 

Target Audience

  • Compliance Officers and Risk Managers
  • HIPAA Privacy Officers
  • Chief Information Officers and HIPAA Security Officers
  • Clinical Staff

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Understand the common consent models used by states for minors seeking confidential services
  • Identify how EHR systems can protect access to records of confidential services
  • Review your health center’s consent forms, policies and procedures for compliance with federal and state laws
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/30/2024 - 1:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
05/30/2024 - 2:00pm EDT

Molly Evans

Molly Evans is a Partner in the firm’s Health Care practice group. She advises health centers on the management of clinical, employment and workforce related risks, with a particular focus on professional liability, Federal Tort Claims Act, and HIPAA matters. From her experience as both a private attorney and in-house counsel, Molly knows the importance of managing liability and risk issues in mission-driven organizations. [Full Bio]

Dianne Pledgie

Dianne Pledgie serves as Partner and Compliance Counsel with the firm’s Health Care practice group, Dianne advises health centers on implementing effective compliance programs and on addressing top compliance risk areas. Dianne counsels health centers and other organizations on developing compliance programs that include the OIG’s seven elements, respond to identified compliance risk areas, and reflect the organization’s culture. Dianne also advises health centers and other organizations on patient privacy and confidentiality, including the HIPAA Privacy Rule and 42 CFR Part 2. She has experience responding to privacy and security incidents, including determining whether there has been a breach, notifying patients and the government, and creating corrective action plans. [Full Bio]


Participants can earn up to 1.20 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.


If you purchase CPE credit for this webinar you must satisfy the following conditions in order to receive your certificate:

  1. Answer at least 3 of the polling questions during the webinar
  2. Complete the evaluation survey after the conclusion of the webinar or in the follow-up email

Upon completion of these requirements, we will email you your CPE Certificate within two (2) weeks.


  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: Compliance Officers and Risk Managers, HIPAA Privacy Officers, Chief Information Officers and HIPAA Security Officers, Clinical Staff
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
  • Attendance Requirements: In order to be awarded the full credits, you must respond to three (3) out of five (5) polling questions.

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance


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