Senate favors healthcare holds for mentally unstable teens

Senate favors healthcare holds for mentally unstable teens

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Senate favors healthcare holds for mentally unstable teens

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 28 at 9:03 AM

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BOISE -- Idaho senators are on board with giving doctors and nurses more tools to put mentally unstable teens who pose a threat to themselves or others in temporary protective custody.

The Senate voted 31-3 Wednesday in favor of a bill that enables health care professionals to hold teens for a short period without consent. The House approved the measure last month.

It now heads to the governor's desk.

Boise Republican Sen. Fred Martin pointed out how the law allows physicians to detain dangerous adults for up to 24 hours.

But the law offers nothing specific for detaining youth, and instead forces doctors to get consent from law enforcement before a teen can be placed into custody.

Martin said the bill creates uniform standards for adults and juveniles.

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