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  • January 5, 2019
    10:30 am - 12:15 pm
    Session Type: Section Programs
    Session Capacity: N/A


    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.

Date & Time
Speakers
Jennifer S. Bard, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Leo Beletsky, Northeastern University School of Law

Jessica Mantel, University of Houston Law Center

Jennifer D. Oliva, West Virginia University College of Law

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