Database of State Tarasoff Laws

Posted: 15 Feb 2010 Last revised: 10 Jan 2014

Griffin Sims Edwards

University of Alabama at Birmingham - Department of Marketing, Industrial Distribution & Economics

Date Written: February 11, 2010

Abstract

The purpose of this work is to catalog the current state of each state’s law regarding the duty mental health professionals have to warn third parties of potential danger discovered in through the act of therapeutic treatment. The hallmark case, Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California (1976) set as precedence that a special relationship exists between a psychotherapist and the potential victims of the client receiving treatment. Virtually all states have weighed in on the matter, either through court decisions or statutory code. Below is a list how each state and the surrounding law.

Keywords: Tarasoff, duty to warn laws, mental health professional

JEL Classification: K11, K32

Suggested Citation

Edwards, Griffin Sims, Database of State Tarasoff Laws (February 11, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1551505 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1551505

Griffin Sims Edwards (Contact Author)

University of Alabama at Birmingham - Department of Marketing, Industrial Distribution & Economics ( email )

The University of Alabama at Birmingham
1720 2nd Ave South
Birmingham, AL 35294
United States

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