59.1. In addition to the cases referred to in section 59, a public body may also release personal information, without the consent of the persons concerned, in order to prevent an act of violence, including suicide, where there is reasonable cause to believe that there is a serious risk of death or serious bodily injury threatening a 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 released 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 person exercising the highest authority in the public body must, by a directive, determine the terms and conditions according to which the information may be released by the personnel of the body. The personnel 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. 1; 2006, c. 22, s. 110; 2017, c. 10, s. 2311.