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How confidential do you feel a psychiatrist should be if their client is threatening to kill someone?

Posted: Apr 6, 2018 7:40 AM

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa - How confidential do you feel a psychiatrist should be if their client is threatening to kill someone?
“I don't think they should be sued myself,” Paul Davis from Clear Lake said.
Davis is hopeful an area psychiatrist will report to police if their client is threatening to do harm to someone, but what you may not know is right now it’s not mandated they do that. A new law signed last week in Iowa makes it so psychiatrist can’t be sued if they don't report. The only exception is if a certain person or persons are named then they could be. This is all part of the mental health reform bill just passed.

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