Section 1 - Legal Requirements for Medical Consenters

Who Is a Backup Medical Consenter?

  • A backup medical consenter makes medical decisions for a child when the primary medical consenter can't. This may be a child's relative, CPS caseworker, child-placing agency case manager, or someone else.
  • Shift staff at a general residential operation (other than emergency shelters) and employees of residential treatment centers cannot be backup medical consenters.
  • A backup medical consenter must know the child well enough to make medical decisions, such as knowing the child's medical and case history, current medical condition, allergies, and medications.