Thursday, January 8, 2015

Thursday, January 22 at 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

The role that civil commitment and involuntary hospitalization have played in providing mental health care has changed markedly since the middle of the 20th century. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have civil commitment laws that govern how and when an individual may be admitted to a psychiatric facility without their consent. This webinar will explore civil commitment law through a public health lens, explaining why civil commitment is needed and where it comes from, the legal background and variations in civil commitment law and practice today, and the science and scientific challenges faced in practice. It will consider these issues as they relate to current national discussions of mental illness and violence, civil liberties, and an improved health care delivery system.

  • Jeffrey Swanson, PhD, Duke University School of Medicine (Moderator)
  • Paul Appelbaum, MD, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
  • Richard Bonnie, LLB, University of Virginia School of Law
  • John Monahan, PhD, University of Virginia School of Law

Register online today.

This webinar is part of the Public Health Law Webinar series co-sponsored by the Public Health Law Research program, The Network for Public Health Law, and the American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics (ASLME).

You may qualify for CLE credit. ASLME is an approved provider of continuing legal education credits in several states. ASLME will also apply for CLE credits in other states upon request.