As we have previously reported, effective March 16, 2013 Licensed Clinical Social Workers are among the four mental health professionals specifically designated in NY’s SAFE Act as being required to report to local mental health officials when there is reason to believe a patient is likely to engage in conduct that will cause serious harm to themselves for the purpose of crosschecking the individual’s name against the new comprehensive gun registration database. If the individual possesses a gun, the license will be suspended and law enforcement will be authorized to remove the person's firearm (or the individual may be prevented from obtaining one in the future).
There has (rightfully so) been a considerable amount of confusion among providers related to the who, where, and what specifics of reporting and as such ask that you complete a brief survey. Results will be used to assist us with our ongoing efforts to make amendments to the reporting requirements and engage the press on implementation issues faced by providers.
Please click the NEXT button below to begin this short five(5) question survey. Please note the survey will take less than ten(10) minutes to complete. We appreciate your taking the time to inform us on your experiences.