This bill was introduced in the House as H.R.3060 by Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) on July 14, 2015.

Summary

The Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act seeks to prevent abuse and neglect in youth residential programs. This bill would ban these facilities from discriminating against youth based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and other factors. The measure would also prohibit youth behavior modification programs from using so-called “conversion therapy” and other “harmful or fraudulent practices.” 

PFLAG Talking Points

  • Parents deserve the private right of action if their children are harmed. This bill allows parents to take a violation of this Act to court if they are excluded, discriminated against, abused, or harassed.
  • Conversion therapy is a harmful and wrongful practice. This bill prohibits youth behavior modification programs from using conversion therapy and other harmful or fraudulent practices that clearly injure youth.
  • Youth residential facilities need to be held accountable. This bill motivates youth residential facilities to tackle discrimination, harassment, and abuse by authorizing federal departments and agencies to cut off funding to programs found to be violating the Act.
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