Developments in Mental Health Law

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 1, January-June

AIDS Infection Must Be Reported
Several measures were adopted to address growing concern about infection with the human immunodeficiency virus. The new sections attempt to balance the need to assure at-risk persons enough confidentiality and fair treatment that they will submit to...
Does Competency Matter after Charters?
The en banc review While Charters I was like contemporary state cases involving civilly committed patients (such as the New York Court of Appeals's Rivers v. Katz decision), it was clearly a far cry from most of the decisions that dealt with individuals...
In the Virginia General Assembly - 1989: New Surrogate Decision Making Measures Adopted
Two new surrogate health care decision making procedures were adopted by the 1989 Virginia General Assembly. Both laws were derived from a previous law, [section] 37.1-134.2. The old law allowed judges to authorize medically necessary non-psychiatric...
Profile of NGRI Patients in Virginia
Individuals who have been found not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) by Virginia courts are committed to the custody of the Commissioner of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, pursuant to Virginia Code [section] 19.2-181,...
Virginia and Federal Laws Affecting Substance Abusers
There are many laws, statutes, ordinances, rules, regulations and case precedents that may affect substance abusers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The majority of these laws, both state and federal, are reproduced in summary form below. Some laws...
Virginia Fair Housing Law Protects Handicapped Persons
The Virginia Fair Housing Law was amended this year to prohibit housing discrimination because of elderliness, familial status or handicap. It continues to prohibit discrimination because of race. color, religious creed, national origin or sex. The...