Legislative responses to mass murders by persons with mental illness have resulted in the restriction of the right of certain categories of persons with the mental illness or substance use disorders to purchase firearms. Psychiatrists should be familiar with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System Improvement Amendments Act, the U.S. federal firearm background check database, and state statutes that have further expanded the definition of prohibited persons and, in some states, have placed psychiatrists in the position of having to make reports regarding their clients’ risk of violence. This course discusses prohibited categories of persons with mental illness, legal reporting requirements, and the implications for treatment and confidentiality of new legislation that requires psychiatrists to report their patients to a state or federal agency. It also discusses New York’s SAFE ACT, an example of the legislation increasing psychiatrists’ reporting obligations with regards to their patients and firearm ownership, addresses questions about how effective such legislative efforts have been in reducing violence to self and others, and reviews potentially more effective approaches.
**This content was captured at the 2016 APA Annual Meeting and may reference information from various sources and terminology from previous editions of the DSM.
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- describe legislation of firearm restrictions for persons with mental illness
- demonstrate an understanding of disclosing information without violating HIPAA policy
- identify various federal and state laws involved in firearm restriction
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Estimated Duration: 30 minutes
Begin Date: July 1, 2017
End Date: February 1, 2020
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Faculty and Planner Disclosures
- Marilyn Price, M.D., Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Rana Elmaghraby, M.D., University of Minnesota. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Ricardo A. Juarez, M.S., Deputy Director, Development and Engagement, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Claire Van Wagner, Membership Development Coordinator, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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