Senator Ochoa Bogh Sends Veto Letter to Governor Newsom Regarding AB 665

Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R-Yucaipa) has sent a veto letter to Governor Gavin Newsom, urging him to veto Assembly Bill 665 (AB 665).

AB 665 proposes to eliminate the requirement for a minor to be a harm to themselves or others or a victim of child abuse or incest before they may consent to mental health and residential shelter services without the consent or knowledge of their parents.

Senator Ochoa Bogh, recognizing the potential implications of this bill, has voiced her concerns and advocated for the rights of parents to make informed decisions regarding their child’s health.

In her letter, Senator Ochoa Bogh states, “By removing the requirement that a minor must experience extenuating circumstances to consent to mental health services on their own, we ignore the right of parents to make informed decisions regarding their child’s health.” She further emphasizes the importance of considering parents as partners in addressing the mental health crisis amongst our youth and advocates for amendments to ensure equal access to mental health services for all minors.

The proposed bill has sparked significant apprehension among families and communities in California. It has prompted a crucial dialogue regarding parental rights and the welfare of children. Senator Ochoa Bogh’s advocacy serves as a testament to her tireless commitment to preserving the family unit and ensuring a balanced approach to addressing the mental health needs of our youth.

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