Sessions Information

  • January 5, 2019
    10:30 am - 12:15 pm
    Session Type: Section Programs
    Session Capacity: N/A
    Hotel: Hilton New Orleans Riverside
    Room: Grand Salon Section 6
    Floor: First Floor


    The social and medical support infrastructure of the United States is broken and a rising death toll from “diseases of despair” are the unsurprising result. In particular, the services available to individuals with serious mental illness and disabilities are inadequate, verging on non-existent. Increasingly, individuals presenting with symptoms of mental illness or disability are too often diverted into the criminal justice system. These diversions disproportionately affect populations already among the most vulnerable, including veterans, under-represented minorities, and individuals with opioid use disorder. This panel will bring together experts in the law related to these vulnerable populations in order to consider recently passed, pending, and proposed legislative responses to addressing their serious needs without criminalization as well as making more effective interventions within the criminal justice system.

    Business meeting at program conclusion.

Session Speakers
Organization: University of Cincinnati College of Law
Moderator and Speaker

Organization: Northeastern University School of Law
Speaker

Organization: University of Houston Law Center
Speaker

Organization: West Virginia University College of Law
Speaker

Session Fees
  • [5280] Law and Mental Disability - Legal Solutions to Meeting the Mental Health Needs of our Most Vulnerable Populations : $0.00