The AP Reports Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a bill banning therapists from trying to change a young person’s sexuality.
The Republican governer signed into law HB0217 “YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PROTECTION” on Thursday. His office didn’t immediately offer a statement.
The measure keeps therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a person younger than 18. Providers who don’t comply could face disciplinary action.
HB0217 Synopsis As Introduced:
Creates the Youth Mental Health Protection Act. Defines “mental health provider” and “sexual orientation change efforts” or “conversion therapy”. Provides that no mental health provider shall engage in sexual orientation change efforts with a person under the age of 18. Provides that a mental health provider shall not refer a client or patient to any individual for the purpose of sexual orientation change efforts. Further provides that any sexual orientation change effort attempted on a person under the age of 18 or any referral made by a mental health provider shall be considered unprofessional conduct and shall be subject to discipline by the licensing entity or disciplinary review board with competent jurisdiction.
Removes provisions concerning referral services related to conversion therapy. Provides that no person or entity may, in the conduct of any trade or commerce, use or employ any deception, fraud, false pretense, false promise, misrepresentation, or the concealment, suppression, or omission of any material fact in advertising or otherwise offering conversion therapy services in a manner that represents homosexuality as a mental disease, disorder, or illness, with intent that others rely upon the concealment, suppression, or omission of such material fact. Provides that violation of the provisions constitutes an unlawful practice under the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. Makes conforming changes in the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. Provides that (i) any sexual orientation change efforts attempted on a person under the age of 18 by a mental health provider may (was, shall) be considered unprofessional conduct and (ii) mental health providers found to have engaged in a sexual orientation change effort on a patient under the age of 18 may (was, shall) be subject to discipline by the licensing entity or disciplinary review board with competent jurisdiction.