Senate OKs Bill Requiring Mental Health Professionals to Report Threats

Tennessee mental health professionals would be required to report any patient who makes a credible threat of serious bodily harm or death against “reasonably identifiable victims” or local law enforcement under a bill unanimously approved today by the Senate. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the bill is viewed as a response to mass shootings in states like Connecticut and Colorado. Information obtained would be entered into a state law enforcement information network and checked when people purchase guns or seek to maintain handgun-carry permits. Therapists’ decision to inform law enforcement would be solely based on their professional opinion however.