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File #: 161111    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Bill Status: ENACTED
File created: 12/8/2016 In control: Committee on Public Health and Human Services
On agenda: Final action: 6/22/2017
Title: Amending Chapter 9-900 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Professions," to add a new Section 9-903, entitled "Conversion Therapy," adding definitions and prohibiting the practice of conversion therapy by mental health providers on patients under 18 years of age, under certain terms and conditions.
Sponsors: Councilmember Squilla
Indexes: CONVERSION THERAPY
Code sections: 9-900 - Professions, 9-903 - Conversion Therapy
Attachments: 1. CertifiedCopy16111100.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsVideo
7/11/20170 MAYOR SIGNED  Action details Not available
6/22/20170 CITY COUNCIL READ AND PASSEDPass Action details Not available
6/15/20170 CITY COUNCIL ORDERED PLACED ON THIS DAY`S FIRST READING CALENDAR  Action details Not available
6/15/20170 CITY COUNCIL SUSPEND THE RULES OF THE COUNCILPass Action details Not available
6/15/20170 CITY COUNCIL READ AND ORDERED PLACED ON NEXT WEEK'S SECOND READING CALENDAR  Action details Not available
6/12/20170 Committee on Public Health and Human Services HEARING NOTICES SENT  Action details Not available
6/12/20170 Committee on Public Health and Human Services HEARING HELD  Action details Not available
6/12/20170 Committee on Public Health and Human Services REPORTED FAVORABLY, RULE SUSPENSION REQUESTED  Action details Not available
12/8/20160 CITY COUNCIL Introduced and ReferredPass Action details Not available
Title
Amending Chapter 9-900 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Professions," to add a new Section 9-903, entitled "Conversion Therapy," adding definitions and prohibiting the practice of conversion therapy by mental health providers on patients under 18 years of age, under certain terms and conditions.

Body
THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA HEREBY ORDAINS:

SECTION 1. Chapter 9-900 of The Philadelphia Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

CHAPTER 9-900. PROFESSIONS.

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ยง 9-903. Conversion Therapy.

(1) Definitions.

(a) Conversion Therapy. Any practice by a Mental Health Provider that seeks to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attraction or feelings toward individuals of the same sex. The term does not include therapies that:

(i) Provide acceptance, support and understanding for the facilitation of an individual's coping, social support, and identity exploration and development, including sexual orientation-neutral interventions to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices, without seeking to change sexual orientation or gender identity; or

(ii) Provide assistance to an individual undergoing gender transition.

(b) Mental Health Provider. An individual who is licensed, registered or certified under Pennsylvania law to provide mental health services, including but not limited to a: Medical doctor or osteopath, including one who specializes in psychiatry; nurse; psychologist; social worker, marriage and family therapist or professional counselor; or any other person who provides counseling or mental health or behavioral health services as a part of the person's professional training or practice under Pennsylvania law or rule; or any student, intern, volunteer, or other person assisting or acting under the direction or guidance of any of t...

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