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OMH Announces Details to Comply with New York SAFE Act

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This week, the Office of Mental Health (OMH) released a pre-recorded Webcast explaining the implementation of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (NY SAFE) Act, which takes effect March 16.  OMH also released a frequently-asked questions (FAQs) document.  Additional questions can be directed to nys.safe.act@omh.ny.gov.

The NY SAFE Act requires mental health professionals (defined as physicians, psychologists, registered nurses, and licensed clinical social workers) to report a person who “is likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to self or others” to a county director of community services (DCS) or the DCS designee, as soon as practicable.  The requirement applies to all people receiving mental health treatment services from any of the four types of mental health professionals, regardless of the setting in which they work.

The Webcast, full PowerPoint presentation and the FAQ document are available on the OMH Web site.  Contact: Cindy Levernois

Published March 15, 2013