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Electroconvulsive Treatment for Minors

Concerning the conditions when electroconvulsive treatment may be performed on a minor.
2024 Regular Session
Health Care & Health Insurance
Bill Summary

Current law prohibits electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) from being performed on a minor under 16 years of age. The act authorizes ECT to be performed on a minor who is under 16 years of age only if:

  • 2 individuals licensed to practice medicine in Colorado and specializing in psychiatry approve the ECT;
  • Other less-invasive treatments have failed;
  • ECT is medically necessary to treat life-threatening malignant catatonia;
  • ECT is performed by at least one physician, or the physician's designee, who is trained and credentialed in ECT; and
  • The minor's parent or guardian consents to ETC.

APPROVED by Governor June 3, 2024

EFFECTIVE June 3, 2024
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

  • All Versions (7 )
    Date Bill Type Documents
    06/03/2024 Signed Act PDF
    05/23/2024 Final Act PDF
    05/07/2024 Rerevised PDF
    05/06/2024 Revised PDF
    05/05/2024 Reengrossed PDF
    05/04/2024 Engrossed PDF
    05/02/2024 Introduced PDF

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details