24.3.2 Guidelines for Informed Consent Decisions

Healthcare treatment decisions for children, including the use of medication, are always important and should be made thoughtfully, considering relevant information available.  Just as non-pharmacological interventions should be considered for any condition, pharmaceutical intervention for mental health issues should never be the first nor sole intervention for children in Children’s Division’s custody.

When a case manager is authorized to consent to routine or non-routine treatment, in addition to the factors listed in Section 24.3.1, they should also consider:

  • Child and Family medical history, as documented in the CW-103, CD-264 and  CD-265
  • Age of the child
  • Child’s expressed preference
  • Assessment of the health care provider
  • Whether a second opinion would be helpful
  • Plan for safe storage of medications

Chapter Memoranda History: (prior to 1/31/07)

Memoranda History: