Mental Health Law

Academic Year

This course exposes students to mental health law, including the history of the treatment of individuals with mental illness and definition of mental illness. With overarching themes of capacity and due process, the course will cover patient rights, ability to consent, guardianships, medication over objection, retention hearings, restraints, confidentiality of patient records, and mental illness in criminal setting. This course will include a discussion of a national comparison of state mental health laws to illustrate similar themes and how to represent individuals with mental illness. Students will then apply legal, procedural and ethical concepts through assignments on the discussion board and simulation-based projects, including drafting a guardianship petition and developing work plans for handling patient fact patterns based on real-life examples.