Understanding the new state laws and proposed policies to reduce gun violence in persons with serious mental illness: Advantages and potential pitfalls
Learning Areas:Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Describe federal and state firearms restrictions, laws and policies related to persons with mental illness. Compare and contrast several state-level policies on gun violence and mental illness that have been proposed or enacted in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting. Discuss the implications of these policies for persons with mental illness and for mental health professionals, and to evaluate the policies’ intended benefits as well as potential unintended adverse consequences.
Keyword(s): Mental Illness, Firearms
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: PAUL S. APPELBAUM, M.D., is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine and Law, and Director, Division of Law, Ethics and Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. He is the author of many articles and books on law and ethics in clinical practice. Dr. Appelbaum is Past President of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
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