Skip to comments.State Supreme Court Ruling Expands 'Tarasoff' Duty for Washington State Clinicians (Psychiatrists)
Posted on 01/04/2017 5:26:14 AM PST by tired&retired
What Is My Duty to Warn?
A Washington state Supreme Court decision appears to significantly broaden the duty that psychiatrists and other mental health professionals in that state have to protect and warn potential victims of violence by a patient under their care.
In Volk v. De Meerleer, the Washington state Supreme Court expanded the so-called Tarasoff standard regarding a mental health professionals duty to protect and warn a third party of possible violence, asserting that the duty extends to any possible victimeven one that has not been specifically identified by the patient.
The ruling applies only to clinicians in Washington state. Although other states could conceivably adopt a simila
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