The law has a tremendous impact on the mental health field and vice versa. Laws, both proposed and currently on the books, about everything from involuntary commitment and privacy rights to the insanity defense and housing law, are constantly being debated in the political arena, in judicial battles, and among law enforcement.
America’s largest chain of psychiatric hospitals is the target of a multi-agency federal investigation into whether it systematically holds patients longer than necessary to maximize revenues — an allegation two nurses at one of its facilities raised.
House Republicans approved their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday. Here’s a rundown of key provisions in the American Health Care Act and what would happen if the Senate approves them and the bill becomes law.
A coalition of six physicians’ groups sent a letter Wednesday to Congress critical of the latest version of the American Health Care Act, which would give states the option of scaling back Essential Health Benefits such as mental health coverage.
At issue is whether an indigent defendant whose sanity is a significant factor at his trial is entitled to an expert witness, independent of the prosecution, paid for with money from the state.
Effective July 1, Medicaid recipients ages 21 to 64 who are in a managed-care plan will be eligible for up to 15 days of inpatient mental-health treatment.
A federal lawsuit alleges the U.S. Army has issued less-than-honorable discharges for thousands of service members without adequately considering the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions.
Fewer 17-year-olds are being arrested and they’re mostly committing low-level offenses and they would better be served in the juvenile justice system.
The Utah Legislature recently set aside $3 million in an effort to resolve a federal lawsuit brought by the Disability Law Center alleging that mentally ill defendants are not provided a speedy trial and suffer in jail.
The origins of the “Dixon Case” go back to 1974, when a class action lawsuit was filed against the federal government and District government on behalf of individuals civilly committed to Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Southeast D.C.
A federal judge in Brooklyn has accused state officials of secretly trying to subvert a landmark court order to improve care for thousands of mentally ill residents of New York City.
SB 674 will require the Texas Medical Board to expedite licensure so that well-qualified psychiatrists from other states can more quickly set up practices in Texas.
While those with serious mental health conditions who are accused in criminal trials may be accepted as not criminally responsible for their actions, the greater public isn’t so forgiving.
A yoga instructor. A fortune teller. A political consultant. Under current Texas law, all three could call themselves “psychologists” because of some of the services they each provide and because doing so is protected speech.
Crowley’s bill would create a pilot program to assess the mental health of prisoners before they’re released, and then provide treatment to those deemed to need it.
As the bill got a nod from the majority in Lok Sabha, India rubbed shoulders with many others countries that had previously stopped seeing suicide as a criminal offence.