New Mental Health Professional Reporting Requirements
The NY SAFE Act created a new section in the Mental Hygiene Law, Section 9.46, which requires mental health professionals (defined as Physicians, Psychologists, Registered Nurses, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers) who determine, through their reasonable professional judgment, that a patient is likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to self or others, report that information, as soon as practicable, to the director of community services or a designee. This requirement takes effect on March 16, 2013.
Please note that the form you will find on the State Office of Mental Health Safe Act Site is intended solely to collect information being reported pursuant to Section 9.46 of the New York Mental Hygiene Law for purposes of determining whether a license for a firearm should be suspended or revoked. It will not initiate a removal. If your patient is in need of immediate care and treatment in a hospital, you should call 911 or contact your local director of community services. If you are a member of a mobile crisis team or a designated provider, you may also initiate the removal yourself.
For additional information and to submit a report, as required by Section 9.46 of the Mental Hygiene Law, please go to the New York State Office of Mental Health Safe Act Site.
Last Updated: March 13, 2015