Gov. Cuomo plans to stop “conversion therapy” for minors

Andrew Cuomo

NEW YORK (AP) – New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people’s sexual orientation, joining a number of states that have taken action against what’s known as “conversion therapy.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new regulations Saturday. They will bar New York insurers from covering the therapy for minors and will prohibit mental health facilities under state jurisdiction from offering it to minors.

It’s not immediately clear how many insurers or facilities statewide provide the coverage or therapy now.

California, New Jersey and Illinois have banned conversion therapy. But ban efforts have failed so far in some other states, including Colorado.

Opponents of conversion therapy say it has been discredited and can harm young people. Supporters say banning it limits parents’ and young people’s treatment options.

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