Confidentiality Issues RE: 16 & 17 Year Olds
TN Law (See TCA 33-8-202) gives children ages 16 and 17 with “serious emotional
disturbance “ or mental illness the same rights of privacy as adults with some exceptions.
This means that TN Law gives 16 and 17 year olds who qualify the right to initiate therapy or
counseling and the right to privacy of their health records. This also means that parents do
not have rights to know when their 16 or 17 year old attends therapy, the goals of therapy,
progress of therapy, issues discussed, or records related