Distance Learning

Who Decides? Parental and Adolescent Rights to Refuse Medical Treatment (Intermediate) - On Demand Recording

Recorded On: 11/09/2015

Time: 75 minutes
Format: On Demand Recording

What happens when an older adolescent and her parent refuse medically indicated treatment, and the state and courts get involved? Can the courts compel the minor to undergo treatment? In Connecticut, the case of a minor with a life-threatening condition, whose parent refused to consent to medical treatment for that minor, made its way to the State's highest court. After an evidentiary hearing, the trial court granted temporary custody of the minor to the Department of Children and Families ("Department") and authorized the Department to make all medical decisions for the minor. The parent and minor then appealed to the Supreme Court claiming that the Court should exercise its common law authority to recognize the "mature minor" doctrine. The parent and minor also claimed violations of Constitutional due process rights. See the Connecticut Supreme Court decision is In re Cassandra C., 316 Conn. 476 (2015).

This roundtable will address the legal issues impacting the Court's decision in this case as well as a broader look at informed consent and the mature minor doctrine.

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Intermediate-level programs generally offer focused discussions regarding common legal issues pertaining to the program topic. Intermediate programs include legal updates and changes in the law. Speakers will assume the audience has a working knowledge of this specialty of health law, and there will be limited review of the fundamentals. This program is designed to provide a targeted, comprehensive analysis of the subject matter for those practicing law in this specialty for three to seven years and/or those whose practice is periodically focused in the covered subject area.

  • AHLA Member: $50
  • Non-AHLA Member: $75

Sponsoring AHLA Group:

  • Children's Hospital Affinity Group

Co-Sponsoring AHLA Groups:

  • In-House Counsel
  • Academic Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals

Maureen Duggan

Legal Counsel

Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Hartford, CT

​Ann Gallagher Taylor

Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer

Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Hartford, CT

​Fatema F. Zanzi


Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Chicago, IL

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