Developments in Mental Health Law

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 1, January-June

A Survey of Case Law on Mandatory Outpatient Treatment
In light of statutory restrictions on inpatient commitment, and the addition of specific outpatient commitment provisions to the laws of many states, it is surprising that so few reported opinions have dealt with the variety of legal issues raised...
Four Comments on United States V. Charters
On May 8, 1988, a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down its decision in United States v. Charters (No. 86-5568). The opinion, written by Judge Murnaghan, intensified a long-standing controversy over the right of a committed...
Social Security Notes
The Employment Opportunities for Disabled Americans Act, Public Law 99-643, establishes a major work incentive program for disabled or blind persons who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Under the new law, effective July 1, 1987, cash benefits...
The Practice of Psychiatry and Suicide Litigation
Editor's note: The following article is based on a speech given by Irwin Pen" at the Tenth Annual Symposium on Mental Health Law, held May 28-29, 1987, where a number of topics were presented related to professional liability. I have pursued an...