Developments in Mental Health Law

Articles from Vol. 1, No. 1, January

Forensic Psychiatry and Community Mental Health
The criminally insane are feared and reviled. They are kept in overcrowded, understaffed "hospitals" located in rural areas, surrounded by barbed wire, with entry doors easily opened and exit doors always locked. This population has as its members...
In the Virginia General Assembly - 1980
Insanity Acquittees Now Get Automatic Hearing After acquittal by reason of insanity in a Virginia court, defendants are confined indefinitely, potentially for life, under [section]19.2-181 of the Virginia Code. The 1980 Virginia General Assembly...
Mental Health Systems Act Becomes Law
President Carter signed the Mental Health Systems Act, P.L. 96-398, into law October 7, at the Woodburn Center For Community Mental Health in Fairfax, Virginia. Drafted by the Administration to implement the 1978 Report of the President's Commission...