HB 585 – Fail to Report Crime/Privilege Exemption

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Kristin Baker, MD (R-Cabarrus); Rep. Sarah Stevens (R-Allegheny, Surry, Wilkes); Rep. Diane Wheatley (R-Cumberland); Rep. Jerry Carter (R-Rockingham)



This bill amends a statute establishing a duty to report for any adult who knows or should have reasonably known that a juvenile has been a victim of a violent offense, sexual offense, or misdemeanor child abuse by providing that the statute does not require a licensed marital and familial therapist to report if statutory privilege for communications between licensed marital and familial therapists and clients prevents the therapist from reporting.


Filed – 4/15/2021