Can minors who are not accompanied by a parent or guardian sign their own HMIS consent form?

Date Published: October 2017

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HUD has defined minors not accompanied by an adult as any person under age 18 who presents for services alone. Both the July 2004 HMIS Data and Technical Standards and 2016 HMIS Data Standards outline HMIS data collection requirements for minors. Neither set of standards limits data collection nor requires additional privacy protections for collection of data from minors. Therefore, projects serving youth should comply with the same minimum privacy and security policies associated with the general population of homeless persons unless the jurisdiction has adopted additional protections for minors. Note that the 2016 HMIS Data Standards for projects funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Program do require parental/legal guardian consent to share information of data on minors that is recorded in the HMIS. It's always good practice to check local and state laws governing collection of client data from minors and any requirements for parental/legal guardian consent. In the absence of local, state or other federal privacy laws limiting data collection from minors, HUD HMIS Data and Technical Standards should be followed.

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