Rehana Rasool, Esq. Community Health Law Project, Elizabeth
- Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. - 43.8 million, or 18.5% - experiences mental illness in a given year.
- Roughly 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. • Do you know what to do when it becomes clear that your client or a family member has a significant mental illness? • Do you know what services are available in a mental health emergency, such as a suicide attempt? • Do you know how to advise clients, friends or family members who may require immediate treatment for their safety and wellness? • Are you up to date on the latest treatment in and out-patient options that exist? • Are you aware of the crisis responses and services available for individuals diagnosed with mental health disorders and developmental disabilities? 2020 was a year like none other. Covid deaths, hospitalizations, and lockdowns placed significant mental health stress on many people, including our clients and families. These events highlight the need for attorneys to have some familiarity with mental health law. Even in less trying time, we often work with individuals who have a mental illness or are in crisis due to a stressful life change, such as a divorce or death in the family. We should know about available services and where to direct clients who are suffering from depression, suicidal thoughts, or other mental health issues. Our information packed program will provide you with an overview of mental health procedure and programs in New Jersey. Our panel of mental health professionals and attorneys will show you what is involved in acquiring emergency treatment by explaining the voluntary and involuntary commitment process and the lawyer’s role in it, as well as competence, capacity, relevant case law, and the patient’s rights. You will also learn about how our courts handle mental health issues that may arise in family, criminal, or probate cases. Our program will also feature a special segment on stress management and mindfulness for attorneys.
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