Continuing Legal Education

Innovations in Mental Health Law

May 17, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
3.00 MCLE hours

ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)
Or Online Course


Click here to register for the CHICAGO program.

Click here to register for the LIVE WEBCAST.


Learn how outpatient mental health commitment orders are being developed and implemented in Cook County and around Illinois with this informative half-day seminar. Discover how to get a person the mental health treatment they need in the community, while gaining the perspective of both the mental health provider and the patient regarding outpatient mental health commitments.

Program Coordinator:
Robert J. Connor
, Illinois Department of Human Services, Chicago

Program Moderator:
Joseph T. Monahan
, Monahan Law Group, LLC, Chicago


NOTE: Registration to the CHICAGO program includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nominal fee via the registration page. LIVE WEBCAST registrants can access the PDF course materials via the web portal on the day of the seminar.



9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  Outpatient Mental Health Treatment in Illinois and the New Cook County Outpatient Commitment Program
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from each of our presenters as they discuss the new Cook County Outpatient Commitment Program from their office’s perspective. Get the history behind the pilot program, which was initially at the Chicago-Read Mental Health Center and the Madden Mental Health Center, as well as a better understanding for how the program strives to turn outpatient commitment into a viable option for persons with mental illness in Cook County.
Moderator: Barbara Goeben, Guardianship & Advocacy Commission, Alton
Matthew Davison, Guardianship & Advocacy Commission, Chicago
David Lee, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Chicago

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Break (refreshments provided)
Sponsored by the Illinois Bar Foundation

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Outpatient Mental Health Treatment: Case Scenarios and Practical Tips
Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from our presenters’ years of experience with cases in the Illinois court system and dealing with outpatient mental health commitments. Listen as they present several scenarios and the case history of one client who, with the benefit of an outpatient order, has been able to live in the community for an extended period of time. Common problems such as linking mental health recipients with community providers, what an outpatient order covers, and the compliance issues that can arise are also be addressed.
Moderator: Robert J. Connor, Illinois Department of Human Services, Chicago
Mark B. Epstein, Epstein & Epstein, Chicago
Barbara Goeben, Guardianship & Advocacy Commission, Alton
Bruce A. Jefferson, Thresholds, Chicago
Joseph T. Monahan, Monahan Law Group, LLC, Chicago