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The Essentials of Florida Mental Health Law: A Straightforward Guide for Clinicians of All Disciplines

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An indispensable book for both student and practicing clinicians, as well as for lawyers who want a better understanding of this interesting and ever-changing field, The Essentials of Florida Mental Health Law explains in a straightforward and user-friendly manner the laws most relevant to mental health practice in Florida.
Both the format and content of this book are designed to remove the mystery and anxiety that many clinicians associate with lawyers, courts, and judges. As ...

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Overview

An indispensable book for both student and practicing clinicians, as well as for lawyers who want a better understanding of this interesting and ever-changing field, The Essentials of Florida Mental Health Law explains in a straightforward and user-friendly manner the laws most relevant to mental health practice in Florida.
Both the format and content of this book are designed to remove the mystery and anxiety that many clinicians associate with lawyers, courts, and judges. As the authors state in their introduction, 'At the heart of this book is our belief that good patient care and knowledge of the law go hand in hand.
. . . Far from restricting or inhibiting clinical practice, knowing the essentials of Florida mental health law will free treaters from much undue - and unwarranted - anxiety about their legal rights and duties. . . . Such freedom will allow clinicians to concentrate on what they do best and enjoy most - treat patients.

Presents the legal system & process; testimonial privilege; involuntary hospitalization; criminal law; liability; etc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393703092
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: Professional Book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 1,352,148
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen H. Behnke, J.D., Ph.D., is Director of the Program in the Practice of Scientific Investigation at the Harvard Medical School Division of Medical Ethics. He is on the Psychology Faculty of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, and an Instructor in Psychology in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry.

Alina M. Perez, J.D., L.C.S.W., is in private law practice in Miami, Florida.

Bruce J. Winick, J.D., is Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law since 1974, and co-founder of the school of social inquiry known as therapeutic jurisprudence. He has authored and edited numerous books, including most recently, The Right to Refuse Mental Health Treatment and Therapeutic Jurispreudence Applied: Essays on Mental Health Law.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Part I An Introduction to the Law 1
1. A Brief Introduction to the Law 3
2. Tarasoff and Its Florida Progeny 11
3. Privacy, Confidentiality, and Testimonial Privilege 28
Part II 200 Questions on Florida Mental Health Law 53
4. The Legal System and Legal Process 55
5. Involuntary Hospitalization and Treatment 76
6. Criminal Law 95
7. Subpoenas and Court Orders 116
8. Guardians and Substitute Decision-Making 128
9. Confidentiality, Testimonial Privilege, and Mandatory Reporting 143
10. Records and Record-Keeping 155
11. Professional Liability 163
12. Children and Families 191
Afterword 205
Appendix A Florida Statutes and Regulations Governing Privacy, Confidentiality, and Testimonial Privilege 207
Appendix B Sample Forms and Letters 219
Bibliography 231
Index 233
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