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Mental health professionals object to NYSAFE Act’s effects

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by HerrGlock, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. tsmo1066

    tsmo1066 Happy Smiley

    Aug 31, 2004
    Houston, TX
    The Jefferson County Mental Health Association isn't alone in their opposition. The New York State Nursing Association has also written Governor Cuomo voicing the same concerns.

    The fear is that there are potentially THOUSANDS of people statewide that have wholly treatable/manageable mental health issues that will now refuse to seek treatment out of fear that doing so might put them on some government list of "unfit" persons, or even get their property taken away. Without treatment, some of those thousands of people will eventually snap.

    The end result is that the NYSAFE Act could actually create MORE Adam Lanza's and spur MORE Sandy Hook-style shootings.

    But it's for the children, right?
  2. BobbyS

    BobbyS Truth always sounds like lies to a sinner

    Feb 14, 2010
    Boonies New Mexico
    Pfffttt. When did logic and critical thinking ever get anybody in NYC anywhere?
  3. I wonder why there isn't anything said about NJ? Here you have to sign a waiver to your HIPPA rights so they can do a check to see if you ever saw a psychologist or psychiatrist.
  4. nursetim


    Mar 1, 2006
    liberalville N. M.
    Same in NC to get a pistol purchase permit, at least in Orange County.
  5. tsmo1066

    tsmo1066 Happy Smiley

    Aug 31, 2004
    Houston, TX
    The difference with this is that under NYSAFE, even if you aren't buying a firearm, and even if you don't sign any waiver of HIPPA, a doctor can still turn your private conversations and statements over to the state and, if they concur that your statements are sufficiently 'dangerous', the state can check to see if you own any firearms and come take them away.
  6. I think its more likely they fear getting sued if one of their patients goes on a shooting spree...
  7. tsmo1066

    tsmo1066 Happy Smiley

    Aug 31, 2004
    Houston, TX
    That's a possibility, but I think the bigger concern here is the people that will never even become patients in the first place because they will opt to skip out on treatment entirely rather than risk being branded as an "unfit person" and having their property taken away.
  8. tarpleyg


    Aug 7, 2002
    North Carolina
    I have long believed this to be the case...way before SAFE. There are a lot of people out there who really need some kind of help but they are afraid to go get it for a mulitiude of reasons, including being stuck on some list that will curtail their rights.
  9. dudel


    Dec 10, 2008
    Texas Hill Country
    Unintended consequences, or unexpected consequences?