Mental Health Law - Spring 2014

This course provides an introduction to the laws and issues that affect individuals with mental illness, many of whom find themselves in the criminal or civil justice systems. Emphasis will be on the issues surrounding civil commitment and the emerging use of treatment courts on the criminal side. This will require a review of Pennsylvania’s Mental Health Procedures Act and other state and federal statutes, cases, and regulations. Students will be permitted to attend a session of mental health court.