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Mon., Feb. 18, 2013, 10:38 a.m.

Mentally ill juveniles could be detained for 24 hours, under bill

Mentally unstable teens who pose a serious threat to themselves or others could be ordered into temporary protective custody by their doctor for up to 24 hours, under a bill introduced in the House Health & Welfare Committee this morning, the AP reports; under existing law, only law enforcement officials can detain juveniles. Ken McClure, lobbyist for the Idaho Medical Association, said the measure would bring laws regarding treatment of mentally ill juveniles in line with those for adults, and give health providers a tool to help them deal with emergencies. The committee vote clears the way for a full public hearing on the bill.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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