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Mental Health Matters
The newsletter of the ISBA’s Mental Health Law Section

December 2018, vol. 5, no. 2

Letter from the chair

In this issue of Mental Health Matters, we continue our work and the conversation about mental health issues. We report on the efforts of Dentons and Mayer Brown, joined by Equip for Equality and Uptown People’s Law Center in securing a permanent injunction in federal court in a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections.

We also examine the limited circumstances under which treatment providers may administer involuntary medication to a patient without prior consent from a court.

Let’s keep the conversation going.


Sandy Blake is an assistant public defender in Kane County. Her practice currently focuses on defense of involuntary admission and treatment petitions, defense of sexually violent persons petitions, and post-conviction matters.