Is this because mental illness is more closely aligned with physical illness than is substance abuse?
Initial evidence for minor competence was bolstered by Piaget’s work findings that children as young as 12 years old were capable of formal operational reasoning.
While a spate of research bolstered the argument that minors have the capacity for informed decision-making, the extent to which adolescents have the competence to understand and accurately assess the risks of not undergoing treatment remains ignored.
In a review of The National Association for Therapeutic Schools and Programs, 85% of these programs are in states where parent consent is sufficient for either drug or mental health treatment.
Interestingly, 31% of these programs are located in Utah, a state in which a parent may submit a non-consenting minor for treatment if a neutral, detached fact finder determines that the minor needs treatment.
It will also make you wonder how laws regarding consent for treatment are made.