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The mission of the Mental Health Law Section is:
- To review proposed and existing statutes, legislation, rules and court decisions affecting persons with mental illnesses, substance abuse disorders and make recommendations to the Board of Governors concerning these matters.
- To provide training and education to lawyers concerning the interaction between mental illness and the law and legal practice.
- To provide information to mental health professionals and the public concerning laws and rules affecting persons with mental illnesses.
- To collaborate with other professional and advocacy organizations to promote awareness of mental illnesses and mental health and to increase mental health services.
The Section's work covers a wide variety of issues including homelessness, institutional and community services, and the court system - including the criminal justice system.
The Section seeks members whose practices touch mental health law in a variety of ways. Traditionally, our membership has included attorneys that represent persons with mental illness, community providers and hospitals, professional associations, state and local government agencies, and other attorneys whose work involves persons with mental illnesses.
- Editor’s Note
- COVID-19 and Mental Health
- The Illinois Mental Health Task Force Virtual Summit Session 2—Mental Health Diversions From the Justice System through Leadership, Collaboration, Building Momentum, and Moving Forward With Lessons Learned From the Pandemic
- The Illinois Mental Health Task Force Virtual Summit Session 3—Learning From the Voices of Lived Experience: Informing Change
- The Illinois Mental Health Task Force Virtual Summit Session 4—How Mental Illness and Trauma Affect Quality of Life
- The Illinois Mental Health Task Force Virtual Summit Session 5—Illinois’ Path to Improving the Court and Community Responses to Persons with Mental Illness: Bringing the Community Together in One Voice and Common Mission
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Tools and Resources
- Mental Health Law discussion group is available to section members via the Mental Health Law community in ISBA Central
- The Mental Health Law Section directory is available to all ISBA members