1-Day Program

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Why You Should Attend

The justice system is, too often, the entry point for treatment and other services for people with behavioral health disorders. A recent report by the National Judicial Task Force to Examine State Courts’ Responses to Mental Illness recommends coordination by state and local courts, behavioral health and other community partners, and other state and federal agencies to better meet the needs of justice-involved individuals with serious mental illness. This program will examine how the courts and other entities in New York are working together on these challenges.


What You Will Learn

After completing this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand current and proposed initiatives to divert people with serious mental illness from the justice system and promote collaboration between courts and communities.
  • Understand legal principles, procedures and policy considerations regarding involuntary inpatient and outpatient treatment.
  • Understand New York’s efforts to improve efficiency and outcomes in proceedings to evaluate and restore competency to stand trial.
  • Understand issues of professional responsibility related to the representation of parents and/or children with mental health issues involved in child welfare, domestic relations, and juvenile justice cases.


Who Should Attend

This program is designed for New York State judges, court attorneys, law clerks, prosecutors, defense attorneys, attorneys in private practice, and mental health system professionals involved in the New York State justice system.


Program Level: Update 

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: None

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