Law and the Disordered: An Explanation in Mental Health, Law, and Politics

Law and the Disordered: An Explanation in Mental Health, Law, and Politics

by George C. Klein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761847332

ISBN-13: 9780761847335

Pub. Date: 10/16/2009

Publisher: University Press of America

In the 1970's, sociologists found that mentally disordered patients were routinely committed to state hospitals. By 2005, state hospital facilities had been emptied and, consequently, the patients for whom they cared for had been shuffled elsewhere by the system. Some of these patients were placed in private hospitals. However, for many, there was no asylum-there

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In the 1970's, sociologists found that mentally disordered patients were routinely committed to state hospitals. By 2005, state hospital facilities had been emptied and, consequently, the patients for whom they cared for had been shuffled elsewhere by the system. Some of these patients were placed in private hospitals. However, for many, there was no asylum-there was only jail or the street. How does our legal and mental health system handle the mentally disordered? In Law and the Disordered, George C. Klein presents a revealing survey that explores the system of processing prisoners and patients from arrest to admissions to court. In an investigation spanning over thirty years, Klein examines and evaluates the intersection of law, mental health, and social control. He additionally explores the condition of state level Department's of Mental Health and mental health legislation in an attempt to offer readers a complete picture of the system at work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761847335
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
10/16/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
410
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface: The Politics of Mental Health Chapter 2 Part I: Theory Part 3 Chapter 1: Congeneric Analysis: On the Emergence of an "Accidental" Methodology Chapter 4 Part II. The Court Part 5 Chapter 2: The Mental Health Court: The Beginning Chapter 6 Part III. Studying Down Part 7 Chapter 3: Admissions: "I Don't Reject Anybody...I'm Protecting Myself" Part 8 Chapter 4: The Police: "How Do You Talk A Mentally Ill Person Out of Being Mentally Ill? Chapter 9 Part IV. Studying Up: The Illinois Department of Mental Health and The Illinois State Legislature and the Governor's Office Part 10 Chapter 5: The Illinois Department of Mental Health: The Mental Health System? Part 11 Chapter 6: The Legislature and the Governor: Battling the Alligators Chapter 12 Part V. Conclusions Part 13 Chapter 7: Conclusions: The Passing of the Asylum; The End of the Exploration Chapter 14 Appendix: The Courts: A Dead End Chapter 15 Index Chapter 16 About the Author

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