240, 447 P.2d 352), was “at the lowest, ministerial rung of official action” (id. Because Dr. Gold and Dr. Yandell were Dr. Powelson's subordinates, the analysis respecting whether they are immune for having failed to obtain Poddar's confinement is similar to the analysis applicable to Dr. Moore. On October 27, 1969, Prosenjit Poddar killed Tatiana Tarasoff.1  Plaintiffs, Tatiana's parents, allege that two months earlier Poddar confided his intention to kill Tatiana to Dr. Lawrence Moore, a psychologist employed by the Cowell Memorial Hospital at the University of California at Berkeley. 9. 885, 888 (decision how and when to conduct nuclear test deemed discretionary but failure to afford proper notice was not);  Hernandez v. United States (D.Hawaii 1953) 112 F.Supp. 3d 425, 551 P.2d 334, 131 Cal. Rather, each is in the nature of a decision not to continue to press for Poddar's confinement. The psychiatric community recognizes that the process of determining potential violence in a patient is far from exact, being wrought with complexity and uncertainty. Now, operating under the majority's duty, the psychiatrist—with each patient and each visit—must instantaneously calculate potential violence. -��A�� ��R!��`u�^>���玆����B����ljF_Tt(. Section 815.2 of the Government Code declares that “[a] public entity is liable for injury proximately caused by an act or omission of an employee of the public entity within the scope of his employment if the act or omission would, apart from this section, have given rise to a cause of action against that employee or his personal representative.”   The section further provides, with exceptions not applicable here, that “a public entity is not liable for an injury resulting from an act or omission of an employee of the public entity where the employee is immune from liability.”   The Regents, therefore, are immune from liability only if all individual defendants are similarly immune. The record in People v. Poddar (1974) 10 Cal.3d 750, 111 Cal.Rptr. Acad. Section 1024 provides, “There is no privilege under this article if the psychotherapist has reasonable cause to believe that the patient is in such mental or emotional condition as to be dangerous to himself or to the person or property of another and that disclosure of the communication is necessary to prevent the threatened danger.”. 409. Given the majority's recognition that under existing psychiatric procedures only a relatively few receiving treatment will ever present a serious risk of violence (ante, p. 136 of 118 Cal.Rptr., p. 560 of 529 P.2d. 97, 443 P.2d 561.). 18. By now, the case name Tarasoff v.Regents of the University of California 1 has become a household word in American mental health law circles. The pleadings establish the requisite relationship between Poddar and both Dr. Moore, the psychotherapist who treated Poddar, and Dr. Powelson, who supervised that treatment. Begin typing to search, use arrow keys to navigate, use enter to select. Therefore, given the importance of confidentiality to the practice of psychiatry, it becomes clear the duty to warn imposed by the majority will cripple the use and effectiveness of psychiatry:  many people, potentially violent—yet susceptible to treatment—will be deterred from seeking it;  those seeking aid will be inhibited from making the self-revelation necessary to effective treatment;  finally, requiring the psychiatrist to violate the patient's trust by forcing the doctor to disseminate confidential statements will destroy the interpersonal relationship by which treatment is effected. 240, 447 P.2d 352, upheld a suit against the state for failure to warn foster parents of the dangerous tendencies of their ward;  Morgan v. County of Yuba (1964) 230 Cal.App.2d 938, 41 Cal.Rptr. 0000020233 00000 n Thus many states, over the 35 years since Tarasoff, have established their own case law and/or legislation. Even if the surgery was not an option, Baby Doe … ), 17. The swiftness of change—economic, cultural, and moral—produces accelerated tensions in our society, and the potential for relief of such emotional disturbances offered by psychological therapy undoubtedly establishes it as a profession essential to the preservation of societal health and well-being.”   (In re Lifschutz (1970) 2 Cal.3d 415, 421–422, 85 Cal.Rptr. 360.) They further claim that Dr. Harvey Powelson, Moore's superior, then directed that no further action be taken to detain Poddar. They allege that on Moore's request, the campus police briefly detained Poddar, but released him when he appeared rational. We also, in Johnson, rejected the argument that a public employee's concern over the potential liability of his or her employer serves as a basis for immunity. Further, I do not agree with the majority's holding that police officers shall become subject to the same duty. WRIGHT, C.J., and MOSK, SULLIVAN and BURKE,* JJ., concur.McCOMB, J., concurs. The defendant was a leader of the women's suffrage movement who was arrested for voting in Rochester, New York in the 1872 elections in violation of state laws that allowed only men to vote. Our current crowded and computerized society compels the interdependence of its members. 72, 441 P.2d 912.) To carry out the cure, the doctor must first diagnose the disease. Microsoft Edge. Relying on Johnson, we conclude that defendants in the present case are not immune from liability for their failure to warn of Tatiana's peril. The complaints do not specifically state whether defendants warned Tatiana herself. They are persons who can “determin[e] in accordance with [section 5201] whether to confine a person for mental illness.”. 20. Attention to the Court While most people think appointments to the Court are important, one in five think Relying on Johnson, we conclude that defendants in the present case are not immune from liability for their failure to warn of Tatiana's peril. More closely on point, since it involved a dangerous mental patient, is the decision in Merchants Nat. 3. See Merrill v. Buck (1962) 58 Cal.2d 552, 562, 25 Cal.Rptr. They allege that on Moore's request, the campus police briefly detained Poddar, but released him when he appeared rational. Administrative rules have in their support the rebuttable presumption of validity if they come within the ambit of delegated authority, as these regulations do. (See Senate Judiciary Committee's comment accompanying section 1014 of the Evid.Code;  Slovenko, supra, 6 Wayne L.Rev. In Baby Doe’s case, the birth defect was a correctable condition that would have allowed to him to eat normally. 3. But their powers over the appellate courts are limited. 0000000971 00000 n Google Chrome, Although the majority fleetingly acknowledges these considerations, it neglects applying them to our case. The farmer consequently permitted the patient to come and go freely during nonworking hours;  the patient borrowed a car, drove to his wife's residence and killed her. 0000001047 00000 n Tarasoff was a state case, finally decided by a state supreme court. But the argument does not have to be pressed that far. Assurance of confidentiality is important in three ways. and the Law 186;  Kozol, Boucher, and Garofalo, The Diagnosis and Treatment of Dangerousness (1972) 18 Crime and Delinquency 371;  Justice and Birkman, An Effort to Distinguish the Violent From the Nonviolent (1972) 65 So.Med.J. Such a claim, based as it necessarily would be upon a subordinate's failure to prevail over his superior, obviously would derive from a rather onerous duty. Although defendants in Johnson argued that the decision whether to inform the foster parents of the child's background required the exercise of considerable judgmental skills, we concluded that the state was not immune from liability for the parole officer's failure to warn because such a decision did not rise to the level of a “basic policy decision.”. Plaintiffs' complaints state no cause of action for exemplary damages. Notably, Justice Tobriner, the author of Johnson and Tarasoff, dissented from the majority’s formulation, finding that the failure to warn the mother did state a cause of action. 745, upheld a cause of action against a hospital staff doctor whose negligent failure to admit a mental patient resulted in that patient assaulting the plaintiff. When a psychiatrist has determined to his satisfaction that some sort of formal disclosure must be made to protect the patient or others, section 1024 precludes the patient from invoking the section 1014 privilege to prevent him from doing so.2  Clearly, section 1024 neither imposes—nor contemplates—a legal duty mandating the psychiatrist to warn, and the impact of requiring him to warn is much greater than that of allowing him to do so. In Baby Doe’s case, the birth defect was a correctable condition that would have allowed to him to eat normally. Plaintiffs, Tatiana's mother and father, filed separate but virtually identical second amended complaints. 10A:16-4.4. Regents of Univ. Indeed the open and confidential character of psychotherapeutic dialogue encourages patients to voice such thoughts, not as a device to reveal hidden danger, but as part of the process of therapy. Abstract. Finally, I conclude no justification has been shown for imposing the inordinate duty to warn on the police officers. Ethical dilemmas in forensic psychiatry have not, on the whole, been exposed to the same degree of scrutiny as other medical topics in the medical ethical literature. Plaintiffs' complaints predicate liability on two grounds:  defendants' failure to warn plaintiffs of the impending danger and their failure to use reasonable care to bring about Poddar's confinement pursuant to the Lanterman–Petris–Short Act (Welf. Such an allegation, however, is not essential to a cause of action for punitive damages. 849, 489 P.2d 1113;  Lemoge Electric v. County of San Mateo (1956) 46 Cal.2d 659, 664, 297 P.2d 638;  Beckstead v. Superior Court (1971) 21 Cal.App.3d 780, 782, 98 Cal.Rptr. In two classes of cases the courts have imposed a duty of care:  (1) cases in which the defendant stands in some special relationship to either the person whose conduct needs to be controlled or in a relationship to the foreseeable victim of that conduct (see Rest.2d Torts, supra, §§ 315–320);  and (2) cases in which the defendant has engaged, or undertaken to engage, in affirmative action to control the anticipated dangerous conduct or protect the prospective victim. The Landmark Case of Tarasoff and Beyond This action revolves around the murder of a girl by an individual who had previously informed his therapist of his intention to kill her. (a), § 323 and com. The prognosis was good and a nearby hospital was available to perform the ordinary medical treatment. (See Fleming & Maximov, The Patient or His Victim:  The Therapist's Dilemma (1974) 62 Cal.L.Rev. 11. (3) Thus, Justice Peters, quoting from Heaven v. The prognosis was good and a nearby hospital was available to perform the ordinary medical treatment. As stated in Dillon v. Legg, supra, at page 734, 69 Cal.Rptr. It is disturbing that the majority should take, by ambiguous statement and without discussion, the very broad step of imposing on a peace officer the near impossible duty to notify potential victims of threatened violence. n�).R8��)Ţ>y�O� ó'�!J�ARR�I�]B֥W)���C�j�;�]�*��{��M4*���u�̝�E�6�L��#e|�*E�� 4ϩW��=r�]!��u�!�����W^�d We turn to the issue of whether defendants are protected by governmental immunity for having failed to warn Tatiana or those who reasonably could have been expected to notify her of her peril. She complains of weakness, weight loss, nausea, and fever of several months’ duration. In other settings (i.e., sexual predator determinations, prison security-level classification decisions), less a… 72, 441 P.2d 912.) In some settings (i.e., treatment discharge planning), risk assessment also includes a specification of the risk factors present in a case and the risk management or intervention strategies that would be necessary to mitigate risk. For instance, in the case of Rowland vs. Christian (1968) 69 Cal.ed108 [79 Cal.Rptr, 97445.P.2d561, 32A.L.R.3d496]. We recognize the public interest in supporting effective treatment of mental illness and in protecting the rights of patients to privacy (see In re Lifschutz, supra, 2 Cal.3d at p. 432, 85 Cal.Rptr. 812;  Rest.2d Torts (1965) § 315.) Rptr. Thus, Justice Peters, quoting fromHeaven v. (July 1973) Bull. No one warned Tatiana of her peril. Primarily, the relationship between defendant therapists and Poddar as their patient imposes the described duty to warn. Plaintiffs' first cause of action, entitled “Failure to Detain a Dangerous Patient,” alleges that on August 20, 1969, Poddar was a voluntary outpatient receiving therapy at Cowell Memorial Hospital. The U.S. Supreme Court case Marbury v.Madison (1803) established the principle of judicial review—the power of the federal courts to declare legislative and executive acts unconstitutional.The unanimous opinion was written by Chief Justice John Marshall. Incorporating by reference the factual allegations of the first cause of action, plaintiffs assert that Powelson “did the things herein alleged with intent to abandon a dangerous patient, and said acts were done maliciously and oppressively.” 20  The incorporated allegations speak only of Powelson's failure to bring about Poddar's commitment;  they do not refer to his failure to warn Tatiana or her parents. H�b```f``g`3��(�����q�O����D�-����~w��Q~��P�h�T�:��M�ME$��������4�>���}O>��{�������� �*:�|j^~N�k�Q����B�Z>^n����f�����M�� Since plaintiffs base their claim to punitive damages against defendant Powelson solely upon Powelson's failure to bring about such detention, not upon Powelson's failure to give the above described warnings, that claim likewise fails to state a cause of action. Ethics & law, clinical practice. The Supreme Court recently concluded 90 minutes of oral arguments in the consolidated cases of Doe v. (In re Lifschutz, supra, 2 Cal.3d 415, 422, 85 Cal.Rptr. The first Tarasoff case imposed a duty to warn the victim, whereas the second Tarasoff case implies a duty to protect (Kopels & Kagle, 1993). 1226, 1255. Potential liability for patient violence has expanded since the case of Tarasoff v. Regents of University of California, 529 P2d 553, 118 Cal. The purpose of violence risk assessment differs somewhat across applications, but at its core, it is the estimation of the likelihood of future violent behavior posed by an individual. 1025, 1027–1031.) 470, 471;  cf. The grandmother is 72 years old, came to the United States 10 years ago, and speaks no English. We believe a cause of action has been stated here.”  (11 Cal.3d 113, 118–119, 113 Cal.Rptr. Since the Tarasoff decision by the California Supreme Court in 1974, mental health clinicians have struggled to balance their duty of confidentiality to their patients against the duty to protect third parties from potential violence. 577, 580, 432 P.2d 193, 196.) that case a special relationship was held to exist between the psychotherapists and their client Poddar, seemingly based on the psychotherapists’ duty to control Poddar, and the 886, 887.) Campus police do not fall within the coverage of section 830.1 and were not included in section 830.2 until 1971. In Toole v. Richardson–Merrell Inc. (1967) 251 Cal.App.2d 689, 60 Cal.Rptr. The holding is so broad it may be understood, in light of the facts of this case, as meaning that the mere release of Poddar gave rise to the duty to warn. Public employees thus no longer have a significant reason to fear liability as they go about their official tasks. Although other states may (or may not) look to it for advice, it is not at all binding, or even particularly relevant, to other states' decisions. Diversion, any of a variety of programs that implement strategies seeking to avoid the formal processing of an offender by the criminal justice system. Ethical Decision Making Guadalupe Ornelas University of Phoenix PSYCH545 April 30, 2012 Christi Moore, Ph.D. The second cause of action in plaintiffs' complaints alleges that Tatiana's death proximately resulted from defendants' negligent failure to warn plaintiffs of Poddar's intention to kill Tatiana and claims general and special damages. (Johnson v. State of California, supra, 69 Cal.2d at pp. 415. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. 456, 375 P.2d 304;  Biakanja v. Irving (1958) 49 Cal.2d 647, 650, 320 P.2d 16;  Walnut Creek Aggregates Co. v. Testing Engineers Inc. (1967) 248 Cal.App.2d 690, 695, 56 Cal.Rptr. (Ante, p. 135 of 118 Cal.Rptr., p. 135 of 529 P.2d.). JUSTICE BLACK has written, I join his opinion because I thoroughly agree with the application of the principle to the circumstances of this case. In analyzing this contention, we bear in mind that legal duties are not discoverable facts of nature, but merely conclusory expressions that, in cases of a particular type, liability should be imposed for damage done. We shall point out that a second basis for liability lies in the fact that defendants' bungled attempt to confine Poddar may have deterred him from seeking further therapy and aggravated the danger to Tatiana;  having thus contributed to and partially created the danger, defendants incur the ensuing obligation to give the warning. Based upon the allegations before us, we conclude that Moore's conduct is protected. 0000010346 00000 n 0000028341 00000 n 6  Both exceptions apply to the facts of this case. 398, the court upheld an award of punitive damages against the manufacturer of a dangerous drug. The criminal prosecution stemming from this crime is reported in People v. Poddar (1974) 10 Cal.3d 750, 111 Cal.Rptr. Incorporating the crucial allegations of the first cause of action, plaintiffs charge that Powelson “did the things herein alleged with intent to abandon a dangerous patient, and said acts were done maliciously and oppressively.”. 175, 178;  Guttmacher and Weihofen, Privileged Communications Between Psychiatrist and Patient (1952) 28 Ind.L.J. 599, 604.) Overriding considerations of policy compel the conclusion that the duty to warn a potential victim may not be founded on the mere existence of a psychiatrist-patient relationship. The majority states that duty is dependent on considerations of policy—but the policy goes unexplained. Confronting, finally, the question whether the defendant police officers are immune from liability for releasing Poddar after his brief confinement, we conclude that they are. And, as the majority concedes, they often express such thoughts. Important New Ruling (July/04) re: Tarasoff Mandated Reporting: In July 2004 California Court Extends Tarasoff Mandated Reporting Standard. In this risk-infested society we can hardly tolerate the further exposure to danger that would result from a concealed knowledge of the therapist that his patient was lethal. The law recognizes the psychiatrist's ability to lessen a patient's propensity for violence. The judgment of the therapist, however, is no more delicate or demanding than the judgment which doctors and professionals must regularly render under accepted rules of responsibility. First, defendants point out that although therapy patients often express thoughts of violence, they rarely carry out these ideas. 5. The importance of psychiatric treatment is well-recognized in California, reflected in this court's recent statement, “We recognize the growing importance of the psychiatric profession in our modern, ultra-complex society. 0000032142 00000 n 14 (1976). I would permit plaintiffs to proceed against the psychiatrists for failure to warn on the theory the psychiatrist's conduct in terminating treatment increased the risk of violence. (Fisher, The Psychotherapeutic Professions and the Law of Privileged Communications (1964) 10 Wayne L.Rev. Tarasoff’s familiarity is no doubt attributable in part to the fact that the case was twice heard by the Supreme Court of California. Again the court distinguished Richards on the ground that “[S]pecial circumstances which impose a greater potentiality of foreseeable risk or more serious injury, or require a lesser burden of preventative action, may be deemed to impose an unreasonable risk on, and a legal duty to, third persons.”  (61 Cal.2d at p. 444, 39 Cal.Rptr. We sustain defendant therapists' contention that Government Code section 856 insulates them from liability for failing to confine Poddar. A year later, however, in Richardson v. Ham (1955) 44 Cal.2d 772, 285 P.2d 269, the court held that defendants who left a bulldozer unlocked could be held liable for damage caused after trespassers started the vehicle and then abandoned it to run amuck. Government Code section 856 bars imposition of liability upon defendant therapists for their determination to refrain from detaining Poddar and Welfare and Institutions Code section 5154 protects defendant police officers from civil liability for releasing Poddar after his brief confinement. The source of their immunity is section 5154 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, which declares that “[t]he professional person in charge of the facility providing 72–hour treatment and evaluation, his designee, and the peace officer responsible for the detainment of the person shall not be held civilly or criminally liable for any action by a person released at or before the end of 72 hours․”  (Emphasis added. Relying on the rule that “Ordinarily, ․ in the absence of a special relationship between the parties, there is no duty to control the conduct of a third person so as to prevent him from causing harm to another” (43 Cal.2d at p. 65, 271 P.2d at p. 27), the court affirmed a judgment for defendant. at p. 251, 447 P.2d at p. 363;  cf. at p. This diagnostic process requires “a searching evaluation of the given personality in the light of his past experiences and current relationships” (Heller, Some Comments to Lawyers of the Practice of Psychiatry (1957) 30 Temp.L.Q. Ellis v. D'Angelo (1953) 116 Cal.App.2d 310, 253 P.2d 675, upheld a cause of action against parents who failed to warn a babysitter of the violent proclivities of their child;  Johnson v. State of California (1968) 69 Cal.2d 782, 73 Cal.Rptr. ), 1. In each case we also consider the characteristics that affect awareness and knowledge of the Court. As the present case illustrates, a patient with severe mental illness and dangerous proclivities may, in a given case, present a danger as serious and as foreseeable as does the carrier of a contagious disease or the driver whose condition or medication affects his ability to drive safely. We dismissed, in Johnson, the view that immunity continues to be necessary in order to insure that public employees will be sufficiently zealous in the performance of their official duties. Kaiser v. Suburban Transp. System (1965) 65 Wash.2d 461, 398 P.2d 14, 401 P.2d 350;  see Freese v. Lemmon (Iowa 1973) 210 N.W.2d 576 (concurring opinion of Uhlenhopp, J.). The parents appealed, an appellate court agreed with the trial court, and the California Supreme Court sent the case back to the trial court saying it must hear the case. 271.) When a doctor or a psychotherapist, in the exercise of his professional skill and knowledge, determines, or should determine, that a warning is essential to avert danger arising from the medical or psychological condition of his patient, he incurs a legal obligation to give that warning. An overview of landmark Supreme Court death penalty cases. (See Gov.Code, §§ 825–825.6, 995–995.2.) at p. 250, 447 P.2d at p. 362), and indeed constituted “a classic case for the imposition of tort liability.”  Id., p. 797, 73 Cal.Rptr. (1963) p. 810;  Van Alstyne, Supplement to Cal.Government Tort Liability (Cont.Ed.Bar 1969) § 5.54, pp. Assent is the agreement of someone not able to give legal consent to participate in the activity. 829, 467 P.2d 557.) The justices then review the annotated memos themselves prior to conference. The protective privilege ends where the public peril begins. Generally, one person owes no duty to control the conduct of another. The judgment of the superior court dismissing plaintiffs' action is reversed, and the cause remanded for further proceedings consistent with the views expressed herein. In the landmark 1976 Tarasoff case, the California court ruled that failure to warn an intended victim is professionally irresponsible. As a specialist, the psychotherapist, whether doctor or psychologist, would also be “held to that standard of learning and skill normally possessed by such specialist in the same or similar locality under the same or similar circumstances.”  (Quintal v. Laurel Grove Hospital (1964) 62 Cal.2d 154, 159–160, 41 Cal.Rptr. to com. Under the circumstances, we conclude that plaintiffs' second amended complaints allege facts which trigger immunity for Dr. Moore under section 856.18. 1 Nesbitt: Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California: Psychotherap … First, without a substantial guarantee of confidentiality, people requiring treatment will be deterred from seeking assistance. “Every person, however well-motivated, has to overcome resistances to therapeutic exploration. Consent may only be given by individuals who have reached legal age of consent (in the U.S., typically 18) . 240, 447 P.2d 352, and cases there cited;  Rest.2d Torts, supra, § 321 and illus. & Inst.Code, § 5000ff.) (See also Elton v. County of Orange (1970) 3 Cal.App.3d 1053, 1057–1058, 84 Cal.Rptr. Until a patient can trust his psychiatrist not to violate their confidential relationship, “the unconscious psychological control mechanism of repression will prevent the recall of past experiences.”  (Butler, Psychotherapy and Griswold:  Is Confidentiality a Privilege or a Right? Also Jones v. Stanko ( 1928 ) 118 Ohio St. 147, 160.. 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