SB 392/HB 452 – Mental Health Protection Act

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Natasha Marcus (D-Mecklenburg); Sen. Jay Chaudhuri (D-Wake); Sen. Natalie Murdock (D-Durham)

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe); Rep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover); Rep. Allison Dahle (D-Wake); Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford)


This bill enacts the Mental Health Protection Act. This bill also:

  • Prohibits licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical mental health counselors, licensed psychiatrists, and licensed psychologists from engaging in conversion therapy with an individual under age 18 or an adult who has a disability.
  • Defines “conversion therapy.”
  • Deems conversion therapy practiced by those categories of professionals as unprofessional conduct and makes the professional subject to discipline.
  • Prohibits the use of state funds for conducting conversion therapy, referring an individual for conversion therapy, providing health benefits coverage for conversion therapy, or contracting with any entity that conducts conversion therapy or refers individuals for conversion therapy.


SB 391

Filed – 3/30/2021

HB 383

Filed – 3/30/2021