Developments in Mental Health Law

Articles from Vol. 2, No. 4, October-December

A Clinical and Legal Evaluation of the Need for Involuntary Commitment
In pursuit of the goal of deinstitutionalization, two distinct objectives emerged for public psychiatric hospitals. The first was, where possible, to discharge patients into less restrictive/more appropriate community-based programs. The second objective...
Civil Commitment
Since 1974 when the Virginia civil commitment laws were reshaped along libertarian lines, there have been complaints that judges and court-appointed defense lawyers were ignoring procedural safeguards of the law and permitting the commitment of persons...
Insanity Defense Plea Task Force Report
A fifteen member interdisciplinary Task Force appointed by Secretary of Human Resources Joseph Fisher has proposed a comprehensive agenda for re-defining and codifying Virginia's laws relating to the defense of insanity and the disposition of persons...
Natural Death Act
Established by the 1982 General Assembly's House Joint Resolution No. 115, the Joint Subcommittee Studying the Rights of the Terminally 111 is expected to produce a bill this year which would establish a Natural Death Act. In the words of the draft...