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Psychiatrists 'confused' over gun-law requirements
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Psychiatrists 'confused' over gun-law requirements
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Quote:Treatment providers want specific changes to the language of the bill and more guidance on what it requires.

“Key groups of practitioners have major unanswered questions around the criteria on which to make the report and their liability in that,” said Harvey Rosenthal, executive director of the state Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services. “There is some real alarm.”

“mainly because we think there is confusion amongst the health care providers that are obligated to make a report as to what the actual standard is,” said Liz Dears, the Medical Society’s senior vice president for legislative affairs.

The mental-health providers’ main problem with the law is that the reporting criteria are not identical to current law that allows mental-health providers to report dangerous patients to law enforcement or potential victims.

Current law allows reporting without a breach of confidentiality if a patient presents “a serious and imminent threat” to the health and safety of self or others. Under the NY SAFE Act, the therapist must report “when in their reasonable professional judgment,” the patient “is likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to self or others.”

“We believe that the mandate in the SAFE Act is so broad as to result in the reporting of many patients who would not be subject to reporting under (current law),” wrote Robert Hughes and Glenn Martin, presidents of the Medical Society and the Psychiatric Association, in the letter.
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I must say that I am utterly astounded that NY would write a bill that is so very wide open to interpretation. [/sarcasm]
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