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Mental Health


Learn how outpatient mental health commitment orders are being developed and implemented in Cook County and around Illinois with this informative half-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on May 17, 2017. Discover how to get a person the mental health treatment they need in the community, while gaining the perspective of both the mental health provider and the patient regarding outpatient mental health commitments.

The program is presented by the ISBA Mental Health Law Section and qualifies for 3.0 hours MCLE credit.

Click here for more information and to register.

Clinical Professor of Law Mark Heyrman of the University of Chicago Law School discusses recent changes in Illinois mental health law.

All members of the Mental Health section are invited to attend the upcoming Mental Health Section Council meeting on Monday, October 17 at noon at the Chicago Regional Office, 20 S Clark Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60603.

Alexa James, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Mental Illness of Chicago, will be speaking at the meeting. 

Members are welcome to call in or attend the meeting in person. The presentation is expected to last approximately half an hour. If you are interested in attending or calling in, please contact Mary Grant at mgrant@isba.org. Space is limited.

Attend this seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on February 17, 2016 for a better understanding of the current issues and challenges surrounding mental health law in Illinois! As an attorney working in the mental health law arena, you need to stay up to date on the legislative and procedural changes taking place throughout Illinois. Mental health lawyers, disability law practitioners, family law attorneys, and those working in the health care industry attending this seminar will better understand: the legislative changes affecting Illinois’ Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code; how the Mental Health Confidentiality Act is impacted by recent Illinois legislation; the recent Illinois Supreme Court and Appellate Court decisions regarding the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code and the Illinois Mental Health Confidentiality Act; and the legal and ethical obligations attorneys have when facing a colleague with mental illness.

As an attorney working in the mental health law arena, you need to stay up to date on the legislative and procedural changes taking place throughout Illinois. Don’t miss this opportunity on May 17th to examine basic mental health issues and explore the new developments in this field. Mental health lawyers, disability law practitioners, family law attorneys, and those working in the health care industry attending this seminar will better understand: the clinical and legal definitions of “mental illness”; how the proposed changes to the MHDD Confidentiality Act work with the Health Information Exchange and HIPPA; how specific litigation has impacted mental health law in Illinois; the nuances of access to care and access to medication under a modified Medicaid plan and “Obama Care”; the ethical issues that can arise during a mental health law case, including the protection of  mental health records; and much more! For those unable to attend the live program in Chicago, this seminar is also available as a live webcast!

The program is presented by ISBA’s Standing Committee on Mental Health Law and qualifies for 5.75 hours MCLE credit.

Click here for more information and to register for the CHICAGO program.

Click here for more information and to register for the LIVE WEBCAST.

Yesterday a hearing was held in Washington, D.C. on the issue of solitary confinement in state and federal prisons by the United State's Senate's Committee on the Judiciary (Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights).

A video of that hearing may be accessed here.