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.
House committee substitute amends the 1st edition as follows.
Further 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. Expands subsection (h) to also provide that the statute does not require a person with psychiatrist-client or patient privilege to report pursuant to the statute if that privilege would prevent that person from doing so. Makes clarifying changes. Makes conforming changes to the act's long title.
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