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Psychiatrists (in fact, all medical providers) have always had to report to the police when their patients say they are having thoughts about harming themselves or others. It is a public safety measure.If the patient is unwilling to see psychiatric help immediately, a warrant can be obtained if necessary to commit the person for emergency psychiatric evaluation, which is typically a maximum of 3 days.
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So if this has been in place for a while already what does this new executive action change?
I'm sorry, but I'm not following you. What new executive action? Are you referring to the proposals that President Obama has recently made?