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Homeless youth bills approved


April 26, 2017

Three bills addressing youth homelessness were approved by the Legislature this session, which ended Friday. A 30-day special session began Monday.

The three youth homelessness bills are among dozens of measures passing both the House and Senate.

SHB 1641 allows a school nurse, school counselor, or homeless student liaison to provide consent for health care for a homeless student when consent is necessary for nonemergency outpatient primary care services; the patient meets the definition of a "homeless child or youth" under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which is aimed at addressing the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, a...

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