Scales of justice

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.

Mental healthcare: India needs to define rehabilitation, policy must take rights-based approach

The landmark Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 was passed unanimously by the Lok Sabha in March, 2017. As the new mental health legislation goes through implementation, there are still issues looming in the treatment and care of patients on the ground, and this is something that the implementation of the Act has not yet been able Read more

LAPD union joins national push for feds to help prepare police for contacts with mentally ill

The L.A. Police Protective League is one of more than a dozen police unions nationwide — including those in New York, San Jose and Chicago — calling on the federal government to pay for crisis-intervention training, less-lethal devices and officers who team up with mental health professionals to respond to emergency calls.

How the Senate health-care bill will drop people with preexisting conditions

Senate health-care bill – Before the ACA became law in 2010, many plans did not provide coverage for dental and vision care for children, maternity care, substance use disorder treatment (such as opioid addiction treatment), mental-health care or prescription drugs. Senate Republicans would let states permit insurers to decide not to cover those services again.

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