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New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services on SAFE act concerns

NYAPRS Note: Concerns continue to be raised with the NY SAFE Act’s mental health reporting requirements. Here are North Country pieces that include concerns raised by Clinton County Community Services Director Sherrie Gillette, BHSN’s Peter Trout, who also serves on NYAPRS’ Executive Committee and by staff from NYAPRS and the Mental Health Empowerment Project.

Mental-Health Agencies Eye New Gun Law
By Felicia Krieg Plattsburth Press-Republican<http://pressrepublican.com/> June 18, 2013

PLATTSBURGH – While local mental-health providers comply with the dictates of New York’s new gun law, some feel serious concern about it.

The NY SAFE Act added section 9.46 to the state’s Mental Hygiene Law, which, as of March 16, made it mandatory that physicians, psychologists, registered nurses and licensed clinical social workers report patients who are “likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to self or others.”

“I’m really concerned that people will become fearful about coming to services or maybe won’t access services … or they may be less forthcoming with clinician,” said Sherrie Gillette, director of community services at Clinton County Mental Heath and Addiction Services.

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Clinton County Legislators call for repeal on gun law

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County legislators listened to constituents and unanimously supported a resolution calling for the state’s new gun law to be repealed.

“I think we have a greater chance of being heard if this gets unanimous support,” Legislator Harry McManus (D-Area 1, Champlain) told his fellow legislators before Wednesday night’s vote.

The resolution the legislature approved called for a repeal of the law known as the NY SAFE Act of 2013, and or amending some provisions of it.

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Clinton County Resolution calling for Repeal


Clinton County draft resolution changed to call for repeal of NY SAFE act

The original resolution that the legislature was going to vote on Wednesday called for reconsideration of the new law. But the crowd asked repeatedly for stronger wording, saying it should be repealed altogether.

The committee agreed and withdrew the resolution, calling a meeting for Tuesday morning to draw up a new measure.

The new resolution substitutes the word “repeal” instead of “reconsideration.”

It also asks for a possible amendment “of certain provisions contained therein that negatively affect law-abiding citizens, business persons, the health and mental-health communities and county government.”

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