Developments in Mental Health Law

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 1-2, January-December

1998 Summary of Virginia Sex Offender Registration Statutes
In January of 1998, the Virginia General Assembly passed laws that amended the existing registration requirements for sex offenders. In addition to amending the existing law, the General Assembly added [section] 19.2-390.2 which provides the standards...
Hendricks and the Future of Sex Offender Commitment Laws
In its 1997 Hendricks decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Kansas Sexually Violent Predator commitment law. In important ways, the decision gives states the green light to use civil commitment as a tool to address...
Medical Ethics and Human Rights in Psychiatric Care
I. Introduction This paper explores normative connections between human rights and medical ethics. My interest in this topic was first stimulated in 1988 when I became involved in the investigation of medically unwarranted psychiatric hospitalization...
Virginia Supreme Court Endorses Medical Confidentiality Claim
Virginia's law of medical confidentiality has seen major changes in the past two years. In 1997, a new statute declaring a right to privacy in medical information went into effect. The Patient Records Privacy Act provided long overdue clarification...
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