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NCJ Number: 68415 Find in a Library
Title: LEGAL RIGHTS OF MENTALLY DISABLED PERSONS, VOLUME 1
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Practicing Law Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 864
Sponsoring Agency: Practicing Law Institute
New York, NY 10019
Publication Number: C4-4147/C6-4146
Sale Source: Practicing Law Institute
810 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
United States of America
Type: Training (Handbook/Manual)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE FIRST OF A THREE-VOLUME SET CONTAINING ARTICLES DEALING WITH THE LEGAL RIGHTS OF MENTALLY DISABLED PERSONS WAS COMPILED AS A REFERENCE FOR A SPECIALIZED LEGAL TRAINING COURSE.
Abstract: PUBLIC AWARENESS OF ISSUES REGARDING THE BASIC RIGHTS OF THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED IS DIRECTLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE INVOLVEMENT OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION. ADVOCACY EFFORTS IN THE LAST DECADE HAVE RESULTED IN COURT RULINGS AIMED AT ERADICATING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THIS POWERLESS AND DISADVANTAGED GROUP AND ACCORDING MENTALLY DISABLED PERSONS THE SAME RIGHTS AND DIGNITY AS OTHER CITIZENS. THE SEMINARS FOR WHICH THIS COURSEBOOK WAS PREPARED ARE DESIGNED FOR ATTORNEYS WHO ARE OR WISH TO BECOME A PART OF THE GROWING NETWORK OF LEGAL ADVOCATES FOR MENTALLY DISABLED CLIENTS. THE MATERIALS, IN OUTLINE-ESSAY FORM, REPRESENT OPINIONS OF LEADING PROFESSIONALS IN THE FIELD OF MENTAL DISABILITY LAW. ARTICLES COVER ALL THE MAJOR RIGHTS AREAS; IN ADDITION, THE VOLUMES CONTAIN MODEL COMPLAINTS, BRIEFS, STATUTES, AND OTHER LEGAL SOURCE MATERIALS SUCH AS RECENT SLIP OPINIONS. DIVIDED INTO FOUR TOPICAL SECTIONS, VOLUME ONE PRESENTS A HISTORY AND OVERVIEW OF DISABILITY LEGISLATION, GENERAL BACKGROUND ON MENTAL DISABILITIES, THE CIVIL COMMITMENT PROCESS, AND A DESCRIPTION OF INSTITUTIONAL AND COMMUNITY CONDITIONS AND SERVICES. PART ONE CONTAINS ARTICLES ON MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY RELATIONSHIPS TO POLITICS, THE LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES RAISED BY THE PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION ON MENTAL HEALTH, FEDERAL STATUTES GIVING RIGHTS TO MENTALLY DISABLED PERSONS, AND AN ASSESSMENT OF THE FUTURE OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY LAW. PART TWO DISCUSSES THE BASIC FACTS ABOUT MENTAL RETARDATION, EPILEPSY, CEREBRAL PALSY, AUTISM, AND DYSLEXIA. THE CIVIL COMMITMENT PROCESS COVERED IN THE THIRD PART ANALYZES SPECIFIC COURT DECISIONS, STATE LAWS, COMMITMENT PROCEDURES, GUARDIANSHIP, THE COMMITMENT OF CHILDREN, ATTORNEY REPRESENTATION OF PATIENTS AND GUARDIANS, AND THE ROLE OF EXPERT TESTIMONY IN CIVIL COMMITMENT HEARINGS. RIGHT TO TREATMENT, ANTI-INSTITUTIONALIZATION, CONSENT DECREES, COMMUNITY STANDARDS, AND SPECIFIC COMPLAINTS FILED IN VARIOUS PROCEEDINGS CONSTITUTE THE FINAL SECTION OF VOLUME ONE. FOOTNOTES ARE INCLUDED WITH INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES; A GENERAL BIBLIOGRAPHY FOLLOWS PART ONE OF THIS VOLUME. THE PROGRAM SCHEDULE AND FACULTY LIST ARE APPENDED. FOR REMAINING PARTS OF THE SET SEE NCJ 68416-18. (MRK)
Index Term(s): Civil commitment; Civil liberties organizations; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Court orders; Discrimination; Involuntary treatment; Legal aid services; Legal training; Legislation; Medicolegal considerations; Mental health services; Persons with cognitive disabilities; Psychiatric services; Right to treatment; Workshops and seminars
Note: LITIGATION AND ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICE SERIES - CRIMINAL LAW AND URBAN PROBLEMS - COURSE HANDBOOK SERIES, NUMBER 114 PREPARED FOR DISTRIBUTION AT THE LEGAL RIGHTS OF MENTALLY DISABLED PERSONS PROGRAM, DECEMBER 1979 - MARCH 1980
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