HOUSE BILL No. 5703

 

July 16, 2014, Introduced by Reps. Zemke, Singh, Banks, Kandrevas, Irwin, Dianda, Roberts, Tlaib, Switalski, Townsend, Lipton, Barnett and Robinson and referred to the Committee on Health Policy.

 

     A bill to amend 1974 PA 258, entitled

 

"Mental health code,"

 

(MCL 330.1001 to 330.2106) by adding section 901a.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 901a. (1) A mental health professional shall not engage

 

in sexual orientation change efforts with a minor.

 

     (2) As used in this section, "sexual orientation change

 

efforts" means any practice by a mental health professional that

 

seeks to change an individual's sexual orientation, including, but

 

not limited to, efforts to change behavior, gender identity, or

 

gender expression or to reduce or eliminate sexual or romantic

 

attractions or feelings toward an individual of the same gender.

 

Sexual orientation change efforts do not include counseling for an

 

individual seeking to transition from 1 gender to another,


 

counseling that provides acceptance, support, or understanding of

 

an individual or facilitates an individual's coping, social

 

support, or identity exploration and development, including sexual

 

orientation-neutral intervention to prevent or address unlawful

 

conduct or unsafe sexual practices, or counseling that does not

 

seek to change sexual orientation.