The New York Times explores the surge in legislative activity related to the mental health system and violence. “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 … Yet many patient advocates and therapists strongly disagreed, saying it would intrude into the doctor-patient relationship in a way that could dissuade troubled people from speaking their minds, and complicate the many judgment calls therapists already have to make.”
Why is no one freaking out about this?
I am freaking out about it! I sent a copy of it to my Director of Clinical Services where I work to see what she thinks about it. Too many people labeled as “mentally ill” are already caught up in the legal system at this point but that doesn’t seem to be enough for our wonderful society. And no one seems to catch on to the fact that this can lead to our losing more human and civil rights and we didn’t have many to begin with!
And of course, they would quote Jaffe as if he’s some kind of doctor and not a quzck!