19.0.1. Information contained in the record of a user may be communicated, in order to prevent an act of violence, including a suicide, where there is reasonable cause to believe that there is a serious risk of death or serious bodily injury threatening the user, another person or an identifiable group of persons and where the nature of the threat generates a sense of urgency.
The information may in such case be communicated to any person exposed to the danger or that person’s representative, and to any person who can come to that person’s aid. The information may only be communicated by a person or a person belonging to a class of persons authorized by the director of professional services or, failing such a director, by the executive director of the institution.
The persons so authorized may only communicate such information as is necessary to achieve the purposes for which the information is communicated.
The executive director of the institution must, by a directive, determine the terms and conditions according to which the information may be communicated. Every person authorized to communicate the information is required to comply with the directive.
For the purposes of the first paragraph, “serious bodily injury” means any physical or psychological injury that is significantly detrimental to the physical integrity or the health or well-being of a person or an identifiable group of persons.
2001, c. 78, s. 14; 2005, c. 32, s. 2; 2017, c. 10, s. 3311.