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Provides that no child shall be subjected to juvenile court jurisdiction, or be declared a ward of the court, because the child's parent/guardian refused to administer psychiatric medication or permit mental health evaluation or treatment. Prohibits public schools from requiring child to receive mental health evaluation or treatment absent informed written consent, as defined, from both parents or guardians. Imposes misdemeanor criminal penalties on child welfare service employees and public education employees who violate the measure. Applies to pending proceedings; criminal penalties apply prospectively. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: Unknown savings in foster care and mental health. Unknown costs to public education, the courts, and the criminal justice system. Unknown, but potentially significant, long-term costs to schools, local governments, and the state to the extent that students do not receive mental health services as a result of this measure.
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Juvenile Courts. Child's Mental Health Treatment. Parental Consent. Initiative Statute. California Initiative 1115 (2005).