Electroconvulsive Therapy for Children (ECT)

What is ECT?

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a procedure where brief electrical current is used to stimulate the brain and cause a generalized seizure as part of a treatment plan. The Utah Administrative Code, R523-8-5, Psychosurgery and Electroshock Therapy Procedures for Children, Legal Authority, details the process and approval procedure for children, before psychosurgery or electroshock therapy is given.

ECT Administrative Guideline and Forms

The following forms are taken from Rule R523-8-5 and are to be used for any individual under the age of 18 who are:

• Recommended for ECT treatment and
• Who are committed to the physical custody of a local mental health authority, or
• Committed to the legal custody of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.