Mental Health Officials Troubled by NY Gun-Control Law

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Since mid-March, NY has required mental health treatment providers to report when a patient is a potential danger to himself or others. But professionals who must participate in the process say it was hastily designed and broadly written. “When someone drops a whole new set of rules out of the sky, and there isn’t a whole lot of time to discuss them or consider them or appreciate the many dimensions that may be played out in this, it becomes really entangling,” said the chairman of the psychiatry department at the University of Rochester Medical Center. “You trip up on a lot of stuff.”

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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  1. This is hardly surprising. After all, psychiatry is about economics and social control. Using psychiatry as a proxy to deprive people of their second amendment rights should be hardly news in MIA. Maybe this will help us win the minds and hearts of conservatives who have been willing to scapegoat gun violence on mental health.

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