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House, Senate Pass Bill Addressing Medical Informed Consent for Homeless Youth


The House Floor debated Substitute Senate Bill 5883 (SSB 5883) March 3. The bill concerns unaccompanied homeless youth’s ability to provide informed consent, in Washington, for healthcare and elective surgeries. 

After a lively debate on the floor, the bill passed the House 57-41 along party lines. SSB 5883 had already passed the Senate 28-21 on February 9. The bill now goes to the Governor’s Office for an opportunity to be signed into law. 


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Watch the vote then continue reading to learn more about SSB 5883.

SB 5687 – 2021-22 Addressing Medical Informed Consent for Homeless Youth 


Bill Information

SB-5687  Bill Information Page (link)

Concerning an unaccompanied homeless youth’s ability to provide informed consent for that minor patient’s own health care, including non-emergency, outpatient, and primary care services, including physical examinations, vision examinations, and eyeglasses, dental examinations, hearing examinations and hearing aids, immunizations, treatments for illnesses and conditions, and routine follow-up care customarily provided by a health care provider in an outpatient setting, excluding elective surgeries. Substitute Senate Bill (pdf)
Sponsors: Trudeau, Keiser, Billig, Conway, Hunt, Kuderer, Nguyen, Nobles, Robinson, Saldaña, Van De Wege, Wilson, C. 
Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.

Committee Materials

Original Bill
Substitute Bill
Senate Bill Report (Orig.)
Senate Bill Report (Orig.)
Senate Bill Report
Substitute House Bill Analysis 2022
Substitute House Bill Report
Substitute Senate Bill Report

The bill analysis and bill report are prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.

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Brief Summary of Bill

Senate Bill Report Brief Summary

  • Permits an unaccompanied homeless minor to provide informed consent for non-emergency, outpatient, primary health care services.
  • Allows, but does not require, a health care provider to request documentation signed under penalty of perjury, that a patient is an unaccompanied homeless minor.
  • Permits a health care provider to rely on the representations or declaration if the health care provider does not have actual notice of the falsity of the statements.
  • Provides immunity in any action, civil or criminal, or other disciplinary action when reliance is based on a declaration signed under penalty of perjury.

House Bill Report Brief Summary

  • Allows an unaccompanied homeless youth (not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian) who is under the age of majority, who is not otherwise authorized to provide informed consent, and is unable to obtain informed consent through a school nurse, school counselor, or homeless student liaison, to provide informed consent for non-emergency, outpatient, primary care services.

Amendments Adopted

Amendment Name Num Sponsor Type Description Action
5883-S AMH MOSB WICM 544 1332 Mosbrucker Floor Pg 7 Ln 22 ADOPTED 03/03/2022


Available Video

Live video of legislative activity is available on TVW.  Links listed for meetings in the future will be linked to live meetings.  Video links take you off of the Auburn Examiner website to the TVW website.

Feb 3, 2022 Senate Law & Justice at 10:30 AM
Jan 31, 2022 Senate Law & Justice at 9:30 AM
Feb 16, 2022 House Children, Youth & Families at 8:00 AM
Feb 21, 2022 House Children, Youth & Families at 1:30 PM

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Unless otherwise noted, the above information was obtained from the official Washington State Legislative website. Future meetings are subject to change. Auburn representatives in bold.

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