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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 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.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
|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|
|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|
|12.||Children and Families||191|
|Appendix A||Florida Statutes and Regulations Governing Privacy, Confidentiality, and Testimonial Privilege||207|
|Appendix B||Sample Forms and Letters||219|