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Old January 16, 2013, 06:27 PM   #113
Evan Thomas
Join Date: July 7, 2008
Location: Upper midwest
Posts: 5,144
Originally Posted by Glenn E. Meyer
17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
For mental health care providers - the reporting suggestions are tremendous violations of confidentiality. The NYS new law is a horror in that regard.

None of these were run by mental health professionals. There are already some who have spoken up about how such will interfere with therapeutic interventions.
Yes, the NY law is awful on this. Violations of confidentiality will be followed by violations of the 2nd, and likely, the 4th and 5th amendments -- how does confiscation of the property of people who aren't suspected of a crime, without any kind of due process, not amount to unreasonable seizure and/or taking of property without compensation?

From the New York Times:
New York State legislators on Tuesday passed a gun bill that would require therapists to report to the authorities any client thought to be “likely to engage in” violent behavior; under the law, the police would confiscate any weapons the person had.
And if they're found to have no weapons, they'll still be placed on a state-kept list of prohibited persons...

"Likely to engage in violent behavior" is an order of magnitude beyond "making credible threats of violence" as a reporting standard.

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