“I’m worried my child might hurt someone”By Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2011LawPulse, Page 118What do you tell clients who fear that someone they know and love might pose a threat to himself or others?
The news of the shooting of an Arizona congresswoman and 18 others, including a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl, who died, and the arrest of an apparently mentally disturbed unemployed 22-year-old for the acts, horrified all who heard it.
Raising the bar for involuntary commitment in IllinoisBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2010LawPulse, Page 502A new statute responds to a supreme court ruling that found Illinois' low standard for involuntary commitment under Illinois's Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code constitutionally infirm.
New rules set standards for dementia care unitsNovember 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 552The Department of Healthcare and Family Services (the department) recently adopted new rules creating a pilot program for Dementia Care Units in Supportive Living Facilities (SLF) across the state.
The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act is amended. PA 095-0427June 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 284Sections 4.3 and 70 of the Mental Heath and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act have been amended by the General Assembly. 20 ILCS 1705/4.3 and 70. Subsection (b) of Section 4.3, concerning "Site visits and inspections," has been changed by adding language providing that the Department of Human Services will establish a system of "regular and ongoing" on-site inspections "that shall occur at least annually."
Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code amended. 095-0602April 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 180The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, 405 ILCS 5/1-100 et seq, has been amended to add a new section defining "Dangerous conduct," and by changing other existing definitions concerning a person's awareness of the need for treatment.
Problem-Solving CourtsBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2008Article, Page 184Supporters of drug, mental-health, and other specialty courts say they reduce recidivism and help offenders get control of their lives.
Bill would make involuntary commitment easierBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2007LawPulse, Page 398But critics of the legislation say lack of resources, not a too-high commitment standard, is the problem with Illinois' mental health system.
Limitations placed on property patients in mental health facilities may possessMarch 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 124Effective December 27, 2006, the Department of Human Services has implemented new rules in 59 Ill Adm Code 110.30 that allow the staff at mental health facilities to keep contraband, dangerous, and restricted items away from patients in order to protect the safety of both staff and patients. 59 Ill Adm Code 110.30.
Department of Human Services to Implement Model Protocol for State-Operated Facilities; P.A. 93-0636March 2004Illinois Law Update, Page 124The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Act has been amended to require that, no later than January 1, 2005, the Department of Human Services must adopt a model protocol and forms for recording all patient diagnosis, care and treatment at each state-operated facility for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled under the jurisdiction of the department.