Developments in Mental Health Law

Articles from Vol. 3, No. 1-2, January-June

1983 Forensic Proposals
The 1983 General Assembly considered a plethora of bills promising to reform the way in which criminal courts address psycho-legal issues. Bills were introduced: to reformulate the test for insanity in Virginia and provide procedures for the trial...
Civil Commitment Revisions Fail
After considering extensive, unfavorable testimony and many eleventh hour amendments, the House of Delegates Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions declined in 1983 to approve House Bill No. 119. The complex and comprehensive proposal, sponsored...
The Refusal of Antipsychotic Medication: A Clinical View
The right of involuntarily committed mental patients to refuse antipsychotic medications is currently an issue of litigation in courts across the country and of debate in the legal and psychiatric literature. Though lawyers and psychiatrists bring...