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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Mental Health

The varying standards of client capacity By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2002 Lawpulse, Page 448 Making a will, signing a deed, executing a POA for property; they all require different standards of competence. What are they, and what do they mean for you and your clients?
Availability of access to records of psychological treatment further narrowed May 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 232 On February 22, 2002, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the appellate court in ruling that when a patient and his wife brought a malpractice action against a hospital and doctors, they did not place the patient's mental health at issue.
Mental health services in nursing facilities May 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 232 On February 15, 2002, the Illinois Department of Public Aid adopted amendments to section 145 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 145.
Investigations of maltreatment of individuals in state-operated facilities April 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 On January 1, 2002, the Illinois Department of Human Services (department) adopted emergency amendments to section 50 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 59 Ill Adm Code 50.
Will prosecutors pass on the Sexually Dangerous Persons Act? By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2002 Lawpulse, Page 10 Because of a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision, more state's attorneys will pass up the Sexually Dangerous Persons Act in favor of criminal prosecution, a downstate prosecutor opines.
Legislation enacts changes regarding sexually violent persons P.A. 92-415 December 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 In August, Gov. Ryan approved House Bill 2088, which makes a number of changes to the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act (Act) and related laws.
Mental health treatment October 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 516 On August 2, 2001, the Illinois Department of Human Services (department) adopted amendments to section 112 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 59 Ill Adm Code 112.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath July 2001 Column, Page 338 Golfers in the (legal) news; capital punishment and the mentally retarded; and more.
Pet hoarders would be treated as mentally ill under proposed legislation; H.B. 0599 May 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 230 The Illinois House Agriculture Committee unanimously approved a bill intended to reduce incidents of "animal hoarding" in the state.
Legislation shifts burden of proof—P.A. 91-770 December 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 690 Persons found not guilty by reason of insanity will bear the burden of proving that they are well enough to leave a secure mental hospital under an amendment to the Uniform Code of Corrections.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath July 1999 Column, Page 348 Different rulings on the same-part-of-the-body rule.
Changes in Individual Care Grants for Mentally Ill Children December 1998 Illinois Law Update, Page 662 On September 17, 1998, the Department of Human Services adopted emergency amendments to various parts of section 135 of its administrative rules concerning individual care grants for children with mental illnesses. 59 Ill Adm Code 135.