State Supreme Court: Juvenile Court Violated Mom's Privacy

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Thursday a juvenile court overstepped its bounds when it ordered a mother dealing with a combative, autistic teenager to turn over her mental health records to state caseworkers.

The case involves a woman who was cited because her son had excessive absences from school. Officials found that the mother was not at fault because the boy refused to go to school and she was physically unable to make him go.

But Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services officials sought to force the woman, who had told caseworkers she was being treated for anxiety, to give them to access to her therapy and medical files.

The state's high court said there was no justification given for such access to private medical records.

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