S05696 Summary:

BILL NO    S05696 

SAME AS    No Same as 

SPONSOR    O'MARA

COSPNSR    GALLIVAN, MARCHIONE, NOZZOLIO, ORTT, SEWARD, YOUNG

MLTSPNSR   

Amd SS9.46, 7.09 & 13.09, Ment Hyg L

Relates to substantial risk or threat of harm by mental health professionals.
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S05696 Actions:

BILL NO    S05696 

05/28/2015 REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
01/06/2016 REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
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S05696 Votes:

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S05696 Memo:

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S05696 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          5696
 
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
 
                    IN SENATE
 
                                      May 28, 2015
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by Sens. O'MARA, GALLIVAN, MARCHIONE, NOZZOLIO, SEWARD, YOUNG
          -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to
          the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  mental  hygiene  law, in relation to reports of
          substantial risk or threat of harm by mental health professionals
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Section 9.46 of the mental hygiene law, as added by chapter
     2  1 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows:
     3  § 9.46 Reports  of  substantial  risk or threat of harm by mental health
     4           professionals.
     5    (a) For purposes of this section,  the  term  "mental  health  profes-
     6  sional"  shall  include  a  physician, psychologist, registered nurse or
     7  licensed clinical social worker.
     8    (b) Notwithstanding any other law  to  the  contrary,  when  a  mental
     9  health  professional  currently providing treatment services to a person
    10  determines, in the exercise of reasonable  professional  judgment,  that
    11  such  person is likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious
    12  harm to self or others, he or she shall be required to report,  as  soon
    13  as practicable, to the director of community services, or the director's
    14  designee[, who shall report to the division of criminal justice services
    15  whenever  he  or  she agrees that the person is likely to engage in such
    16  conduct]. Any report made by a mental health professional to the  direc-
    17  tor  of  community  services,  or  the director's designee shall include
    18  current contact information for such person including, but  not  limited
    19  to,  the  person's:  (1) name, (2) mailing address, (3) phone number and
    20  (4) email address. The director of community services or the  director's
    21  designee  shall report to the division of criminal justice services upon
    22  a finding that the person is likely to  engage  in  conduct  that  would
    23  result in serious harm to self or others. Information transmitted to the
    24  division  of  criminal  justice  services  shall be limited to names and
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD11149-02-5

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     1  other non-clinical identifying information, which may only be  used  for
     2  determining  whether  a license issued pursuant to section 400.00 of the
     3  penal law should be suspended or revoked, or for determining  whether  a
     4  person  is ineligible for a license issued pursuant to section 400.00 of
     5  the penal law, or is no longer permitted under state or federal  law  to
     6  possess a firearm.
     7    (c)  The  director  of  community  services or the director's designee
     8  shall inform such person via written notice when a report regarding  the
     9  substantial  risk  or  threat of harm posed by the person is sent to the
    10  division of criminal justice services. Such notice  shall  include,  but
    11  not be limited to:
    12    (1) the person's name;
    13    (2)  notice  that  a  report has been sent to the division of criminal
    14  justice services stating that the named person has been deemed likely to
    15  engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to self or others;
    16    (3) the date the report was sent to the division of  criminal  justice
    17  services;
    18    (4) the person's right to submit a petition for relief from disability
    19  to  the national instant criminal background check system (NICS) appeals
    20  office of the office of mental health or  NICS  appeals  office  of  the
    21  office  for  people  with  developmental  disabilities,  as set forth in
    22  subdivision (j) of section 7.09 of this title  and  subdivision  (g)  of
    23  section  13.09 of this chapter and sections five hundred forty-three and
    24  six hundred forty-three of article fourteen of  the  New  York  code  of
    25  rules and regulations;
    26    (5)  contact  information for the NICS appeals office of the office of
    27  mental hygiene or the NICS appeals office of the office for people  with
    28  developmental disabilities; and
    29    (6)  any  applicable  deadline for submission of a petition for relief
    30  from disability.
    31    (d) Nothing in this section shall be construed  to  require  a  mental
    32  health professional to take any action which, in the exercise of reason-
    33  able  professional  judgment,  would endanger such mental health profes-
    34  sional or increase the danger to a potential victim or victims.
    35    [(d)] (e) The decision of a mental health professional to disclose  or
    36  not  to  disclose  in accordance with this section, when made reasonably
    37  and in good faith, shall not be the basis  for  any  civil  or  criminal
    38  liability of such mental health professional.
    39    §  2.  Paragraph  2  of  subdivision (j) of section 7.09 of the mental
    40  hygiene law, as amended by chapter 1 of the laws of 2013, is amended  to
    41  read as follows:
    42    (2)  The  commissioner  shall  establish  within  the office of mental
    43  health an administrative process to permit a person who has been or  may
    44  be  disqualified  from  possessing  such  a  firearm  pursuant to 18 USC
    45  922(4)(d) or who has been or may be disqualified from continuing to have
    46  a license to carry, possess, repair,  or  dispose  of  a  firearm  under
    47  section  400.00  of  the penal law because such person was involuntarily
    48  committed or civilly confined to a facility under  the  jurisdiction  of
    49  the  commissioner,  or who has been the subject of a report submitted by
    50  the director of community services or the  director's  designee  to  the
    51  division  of criminal justice services stating that the named person has
    52  been deemed likely to engage in conduct that  would  result  in  serious
    53  harm  to self or others pursuant to section 9.46 of this title, to peti-
    54  tion for relief from that disability  where  such  person's  record  and
    55  reputation  are  such  that  such  person will not be likely to act in a
    56  manner dangerous to public safety and where the granting of  the  relief

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     1  would  not  be contrary to public safety. The commissioner shall promul-
     2  gate regulations to establish  the  relief  from  disabilities  program,
     3  which  shall  include,  but not be limited to, provisions providing for:
     4  (i)  an  opportunity for a disqualified person to petition for relief in
     5  writing; (ii) the authority for the agency to require that the petition-
     6  er undergo a clinical  evaluation  and  risk  assessment;  and  (iii)  a
     7  requirement  that  the agency issue a decision in writing explaining the
     8  reasons for a denial or grant of relief. The denial of  a  petition  for
     9  relief  from  disabilities  may  be  reviewed  de  novo  pursuant to the
    10  proceedings under article seventy-eight of the civil  practice  law  and
    11  rules.
    12    §  3.  Paragraph  2  of subdivision (g) of section 13.09 of the mental
    13  hygiene law, as amended by chapter 1 of the laws of 2013, is amended  to
    14  read as follows:
    15    (2) The commissioner shall establish within the office for people with
    16  developmental  disabilities an administrative process to permit a person
    17  who has been or may be  disqualified  from  possessing  such  a  firearm
    18  pursuant  to  18  USC  922(4)(d), or who has been or may be disqualified
    19  from continuing to have a license to carry, possess, repair, or  dispose
    20  of  a  firearm under section 400.00 of the penal law because such person
    21  was involuntarily committed or civilly confined to a facility under  the
    22  jurisdiction  of  the  commissioner,  or  who  has been the subject of a
    23  report submitted by the director of community services or the director's
    24  designee to the division of criminal justice services stating  that  the
    25  named  person  has  been  deemed  likely to engage in conduct that would
    26  result in serious harm to self or others pursuant  to  section  9.46  of
    27  this  chapter,  to  petition  for relief from that disability where such
    28  person's record and reputation are such that such  person  will  not  be
    29  likely  to  act  in  a  manner  dangerous to public safety and where the
    30  granting of the relief would not  be  contrary  to  public  safety.  The
    31  commissioner  shall  promulgate regulations to establish the relief from
    32  disabilities program, which  shall  include,  but  not  be  limited  to,
    33  provisions  providing  for: (i) an opportunity for a disqualified person
    34  to petition for relief in writing; (ii) the authority for the agency  to
    35  require  that  the  petitioner  undergo  a  clinical evaluation and risk
    36  assessment; and (iii) a requirement that the agency issue a decision  in
    37  writing  explaining  the  reasons  for  a denial or grant of relief. The
    38  denial of a petition for relief from disabilities  may  be  reviewed  de
    39  novo  pursuant  to  the  proceedings  under article seventy-eight of the
    40  civil practice law and rules.
    41    § 4. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
    42  have become a law.
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