Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Mental Health

Preventing Suicide

By Joe Scally
March
2021
Column
, Page 48
Simply reaching out and showing that you care can be someone’s lifeline.

Psychological Tolls

By Dr. Diana Uchiyama
December
2020
Column
, Page 42
An expanded look at the impacts of civil and political unrest, economic instability, and COVID-19.

“I Need Help, But I’m Not Ready”

By Tony Pacione & Hope Mercado
September
2020
Column
, Page 50
Motivating clients to accept legal advice in a time of uncertainty.

Hoping While Hurting

By Joe Scally
June
2020
Column
, Page 40
Simple self-reflection strategies can help to regain one’s footing during these unmoored times.
1 comment (Most recent June 12, 2020)

New regulations for providing mental health services to children

April
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Illinois General Assembly amended the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code to include additional provisions regarding mental health services for children.

Imposter Syndrome: Do You Feel Like a Fraud?

By Dr. Diana Uchiyama
March
2020
Column
, Page 52
Listening too much to your internal critic creates a cycle of catastrophic thinking.

Maladaptive Perfectionism

By Dr. Diana Uchiyama
December
2019
Column
, Page 46
Defeating the “Will I ever be good enough?” trap.

Keep Calm and … Thrive

By Joe Scally
September
2019
Column
, Page 46
Developing resilience through practice, learning, and rest.

How Are You?

By Shelley Sandoval
June
2019
Column
, Page 48
Mental well-being, everyday conversations, and achieving your best practice.

Do You Worry About How Much You Worry?

By Dr. Diana Uchiyama
March
2019
Column
, Page 44
When anxiety crosses the threshold from normal to excessive, it's time to seek help.

Observe, Act, and Understand

By Jennifer M. Danish
December
2018
Column
, Page 44
There is no contradiction between having a mental illness and being a successful attorney.

Psychiatric treatments may now be given over patient objections

October
2018
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code was amended to strengthen the powers of attorney for health care and declarations for mental health treatment.

The Killer Among Us

By Chelsy A. Castro
September
2018
Column
, Page 46
Learning to address depression and suicide in the legal profession.
1 comment (Most recent September 3, 2018)

A Crucial Partnership: ISBA & LAP

By James F. McCluskey
August
2018
Column
, Page 8
ISBA President Hon. James F. McCluskey dedicates his column to the Lawyers' Assistance Program.
2 comments (Most recent July 31, 2018)

The Mindful Lawyer

By Ed Finkel
March
2018
Cover Story
, Page 28
Mindfulness and meditation - even a few minutes daily - can reduce stress, help you connect with clients, and enable you to concentrate better. And now you can earn MCLE credit as you learn meditation techniques.

Trial courts to allow petitions to show post-partum mental illnesses

March
2018
Illinois Law Update
, Page 24
The Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 is amended by changing section 122-1 (725 ILCS 5/122-1) to allow for petitions in the trial court for those imprisoned that can establish their participation in a felony was a direct result of post-partum depression or psychosis, or if no direct evidence of these mental states was presented at trial or sentencing.

Failure to object to unfulfilled statutory prerequisites for involuntary admission to mental facility constitutes ineffective assistance of counsel

October
2017
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
On August 3, 2017, the Appellate Court for the Third District held that Tara S. had been denied effective assistance of counsel and reversed the judgment of the circuit court of Peoria County.

Lawyers and addiction

By Matthew Hector
September
2017
LawPulse
, Page 12
A recent ABA/Betty Ford Foundation study shows shockingly high levels of addiction and other mental health problems in the legal profession -- and that few lawyers seek help.

Mental illness officially taken into consideration for sentencing

November
2016
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Unified Code of Corrections was amended to ensure mental illness will be weighed in favor of withholding or minimizing a prison sentence.

Coming soon: bed reserves permitted in nursing and mental health facilities

March
2015
Illinois Law Update
, Page 20
The Illinois Public Aid Code has been amended by specifying that effective June 1, 2015, payments will be authorized for bed reserves in nursing facilities and mental health facilities that are at least 90% occupied and have at least 80% of their occupants being Medicaid eligible.

Residents of private mental health facilities may be entitled to same rights as residents in state-operated mental health facilities. PA 097-1007

January
2013
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code is amended by providing rights to residents in private mental health facilities if said resident would otherwise be served by a state-operated facility. 405 ILCS 5/2-103.

New guidelines for disclosing mental health records. PA 097-0515

July
2012
Illinois Law Update
, Page 352
The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act has been amended to provide guidelines for the disclosure of treatment and coordination of care (740 ILCS 110/9.4 new).

Court-ordered mental health reports not confidential under IMDMA

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2011
LawPulse
, Page 174

“I’m worried my child might hurt someone”

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2011
LawPulse
, Page 118

Payments ensured for mental health, alcoholism and substance abuse treatment. PA 096-1472

March
2011
Illinois Law Update
, Page 124
State lawmakers amended the Department of Human Services Act to ensure payments are received for services treating alcoholism, mental health, and substance abuse.

Video conferencing now permitted in some hearings. PA 096-1321

January
2011
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Mental Health and Developmental Disability Code to allow for video conferencing during hearings held pursuant to the act. 405 ILCS 5/3-806.1.

Raising the bar for involuntary commitment in Illinois

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2010
LawPulse
, Page 502

Committee charged with helping improve Illinois’ mental health courts

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2010
LawPulse
, Page 342
The supreme court has asked the committee to make recommendations for better information sharing, training for judges, and other improvements.

Taking the Cake

By Karen Erger
June
2010
Column
, Page 322
How to put your temptation-resisting rational brain in charge.

Three-year pilot program focuses on the societal reintegration of persons with physical disabilities or mental illness. PA 096-0810

April
2010
Illinois Law Update
, Page 180
Amendments to the Disabilities Services Act have charged the Department of Human Services with creating a new pilot program designed to show the reintegration possibilities of persons with disabilities who need short-term placement in nursing facilities.

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