Test Drive Our New Site! We have some improvements in the works that we're excited for you to experience. Click here to try our new, faster, mobile friendly beta site. We will be maintaining our current version of the site thru the end of 2024, so you can switch back as our improvements continue.
Legislation Quick Search
05/26/2024 07:31 PM
Pennsylvania State Senate
Home / Senate Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

Senate Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

Subscribe to PaLegis Notifications

Subscribe to receive notifications of new Co-Sponsorship Memos circulated

By Member | By Date | Keyword Search

Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 5, 2022 12:05 PM
From: Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Duty to Warn
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce Senate Bill 1151 that will clarify and codify a mental health care practitioner’s duty to warn of a specific and immediate threat of serious bodily injury.
Current law is vague and ambiguous regarding the specific instances needed to trigger a warning to individuals, law enforcement, and the community.
Our practitioners need clear guidance as to when and who to contact when a patient communicates a propensity to harm an individual or group of individuals.
This legislation draws on court decisions, law review articles, and guidance from the industry to clearly spell out what duty these practitioners have.
It will also bring Pennsylvania into line with other states in codifying circumstances held by appellate courts.
Previous co-sponsors of this legislation were: Vogel and Stefano.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation which will help keep our communities safe from threats of violence.

Introduced as SB276