AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS AND PSYCHIATRISTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO REPORT CERTAIN CRIMES AGAINST JUVENILES IF A PRIVILEGE AGAINST DISCLOSURE UNDER STATE LAW WOULD PREVENT THEM FROM DOING SO.
Amends GS 14-318.6, which establishes a duty for anyone 18 or older who knows or should have reasonably known that a juvenile has been or is the victim of a violent offense, sexual offense, or misdemeanor child abuse to immediately report the case of that juvenile to the appropriate local law enforcement agency in the county where the juvenile resides or is found, with failure constituting a Class 1 misdemeanor. Adds to subsection (h), providing that the statute does not require a person with privilege under GS 8-53.5 (providing for privileged communications between licensed marital and familial therapist and client(s)) to report pursuant to the statute if that privilege would prevent that person from doing so. Restricts asserting the privilege in this manner to the primary client, defined as a person who consults or is interviewed by a licensed marriage and family therapist for the purpose of diagnosis or treatment, and does not apply to other family members.
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