Accession Number : AD1031547

Title :   The Impact of Duty to Warn (And Other Legal Theories) on Countering Violent Extremism Intervention Programs

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

Personal Author(s) : Ward,Michael

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Report Date : 01 Dec 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 119

Abstract : Countering violent extremism (CVE) programs are moving into the realm of intervention, diversion, and deflection. These programs require mental health professionals to conduct assessments, construct treatment plans, and provide the treatment. How can practitioners treat or divert individuals from the path to radicalization but also communicate when an individual remains a threat? An understanding of the laws that facilitate or restrict disclosure of confidential health info, combined with a structure to oversee the process, is critical. Research for this thesis has focused on federal and Maryland state laws pertaining to medical record confidentiality and the duty to warn. This legal analysis has determined that exceptions exist within medical confidentiality laws, enabling mental health practitioners to disclose when a threat exists, and that Marylands duty-to-warn laws mandate that mental health practitioners have a duty to protect third parties from the actions of patients. Due to the varied disciplines involved in CVE, collaborative group models are suggested to structure the process.

Descriptors :   Intervention , DEFLECTION , health services , medical personnel , crime , health care , united states government , national security , terrorism , counterterrorism , State law , Mental health , THREATS , Behavior

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE