Essential information for judges, lawyers, mental health professionals
Written by Wisconsin judges, a court commissioner, a doctor specializing in neuroscience, and numerous experienced attorneys who represent people with mental health issues on a regular basis, with a Preface written by a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, the Guide can help you better prepare to advocate for your clients.
Topics covered include:
- Types of guardianships
- The civil commitment process (Ch. 51)
- Sex offender commitments (Ch. 980)
- Mental health and criminal law
- Minors with mental health concerns
- Mental health parity and benefits for people with mental disabilities
- Treatment courts
Abide by your legal duties and responsibilities
The Guide serves a large and varied audience, including attorneys in government or private practice, judges and court commissioners, medical professionals, psychologists and counselors, and social workers. Even families of individuals with mental health issues might find this resource helpful, as it explains, for example, what can be expected at each step of an involuntary civil commitment and the often-confusing process of establishing guardianships for both minors and adults.
Chapter 7 goes into extensive detail on boundaries, informed consent, disclosure of confidential material under HIPAA, and Wisconsin’s medical malpractice laws.
Practical tools to assist you along the way
From sample language to charts and tables summarizing key information, the Guide can save you time no matter what task is in front of you that day. Some examples of tools include:
- A concise list of individuals’ rights at Wis. Stat. ch. 51 hearings
- Tables outlining “sexually violent offenses” and “sexually motivated offenses”
- Sample questions for determining a proposed ward’s competency or incompetency
- Examples of behaviors that will quality a child for special education services
- A list of considerations and questions when malpractice action against mental health professional is contemplated.
- And more!
People with mental disorders interact with the legal system in a variety of ways – civil rights actions, family law disputes, elder law cases, criminal cases, and in the corporate arena. Understand how the law defines mental health and be better prepared to advocate for your client, patient, or loved one with help from Mental Health Law in Wisconsin: A Guide for Legal and Healthcare Professionals.
Millions of people are affected by mental health disorders
Twenty percent of adults in the U.S. live with a mental illness, and fifty percent of adolescents have a lifetime prevalence of any mental health disorder. Yet, despite the pervasiveness of mental health disorders in every sector of society, individuals with mental health issues or intellectual disabilities are often marginalized. Mental Health Law in Wisconsin: A Guide for Legal and Healthcare Professionals seeks to bring clarity to topics that are frequently misunderstood, especially within the context of the legal system. From how the courts define “mental illness” to understanding the effect trauma has on mental health and knowing the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved, the book provides a comprehensive, straightforward overview of how mental health issues and the law intersect.