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Concerning obligations of mental health professionals (Baumgartner)

See companion.

EFFECT OF STRIKER: Mental health professionals have a duty to warn of a patient's violent behavior if the patient has communicated an actual threat of physical violence that poses a serious or imminent threat to the health or safety of a reasonably identifiable person or persons. The duty to warn is discharged if the mental health professional makes reasonable efforts to communicate the threat to the reasonably identifiable person or persons whose health or safety is threatened and to law enforcement. Mental health professionals are not liable for civil damages for discharging the duty to warn or for failing to predict, warn of, or take reasonable precautions to provide protections from a patient's violent behavior so long as the mental health professional acts in good faith and without gross negligence.

Hearing Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 -- 8:00 am

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5800&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)