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.
Texas lawmakers will soon consider a bill to make San Antonio a national leader in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) research and treatment.
We think it is important to hold up some of the claims “of failed policies” in Congressman Murphy’s letter against the facts so that a more productive discussion of behavioral health policy can result.
Colorado would outlaw using jails for mental health holds, increase services under $9.5 million proposal
A bill under consideration at the statehouse would ban the use of jails to house people who are a “danger to themselves or others” but have not committed any crime.
The pilot could lead to Harris County becoming the first county in Texas to make legal representation available at all hearings where bail is set.
A new approach to helping mentally ill people avoid the criminal justice system or get better care is in progress.
“We’re overrun.” That’s how the director of immigration legal services at the Catholic Charities of Central Texas describes the influx of new clients needing help navigating lawful federal government immigration and entry programs.
The Republican-led Senate is moving to block an Obama-era regulation that would prevent an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm.
In December 2016, Congress enacted landmark legislation to improve care for Americans with mental illness. These provisions reflected strong, bipartisan consensus that fixing the broken American mental health system must be a national priority and something we cannot ignore.
Lawmakers proposed this week to overhaul Minnesota’s use of solitary confinement in prisons, including prohibiting the controversial punishment for nonviolent inmates, mandating more legislative oversight and banning it outright for those with severe mental illnesses.
The Denton County Mental Health Treatment Court program was established in 2015 to offer support to mentally ill residents convicted of certain offenses. Participants will have their case dismissed and expunged after completing the program.
Inmates with mental illness currently incarcerated in Alabama prisons allege that mental health care in state facilities is so inadequate that it violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
A coalition of more than 100 immigrants, activists and former inmates marched through downtown Austin on Wednesday.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Latest Guidance On Mental Health Accommodations Adds Little
When we saw that the EEOC was issuing guidance, we hoped for some useful FAQs and hypotheticals that would be helpful to employers and employees alike. No such luck.