One particular case and point is recently passed legislation (year 2013 no more that a few months so far) that requires psycologists and psychiatrists to report ANY patient who has made any threats of suicide or desire to harm others to the New York CRIMINAL division so that they can be put on a registry to prevent them from purchasing firearms. That violates patient doctor confidentiality and places the doctor in a position that would predispose him or her to report every threat just to keep them from getting into trouble, just in case. In the past doctors would call the police if in their proffessional opinion it was required and they did when necessary. I can say they are experts in their field and for the most part do a good job. Now it is not the trained professional who decides on the mental status of his patient but the police based on a couple of words or feelings that someone may express to the doctor. If the doctor fails to report it he had better be 100% perfect in all his diagnoses, which we all know is 100% impossible and 110% impossible for LEO who are not practicing physicians, or the doctor himself may face charges. What this means is if you are veteran who has just come back from a war and feeling depressed after witnessing your friends getting killed or whatever else war brings your way. If you tell your doctor the wrong thing the police may soon come knocking at your door to confiscate your guns. If you live with relatives who happen to have guns they may come over and confiscate your relatives firearms under threat of prosecution and incarceration because you happen to live in the same house. What else can this mean ? This means if prospective employers found out you are on a no firearms allowed list you may not get that job you worked so hard to qualify for. How secure is this information once it falls into the hands of the police. I would think anyone with a friend in the police department can find out your personal information. If a doctor were to reveal this to anyone without a really just cause (except for the police at this time) he could get the pants sued off of him or her. I doubt their would be any recourse if the information was leaked from the police. The criminal division has enough pull and lawers to bury any such lawsiuts unless you are lucky enough to come by absolute irrefutable proof which would be more unlikely than not. This is only going to make treating people more difficult since once this gets out many are going to fear seeking help and unfortanately they may have plenty to fear.