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The Essentials of New York Mental Health Law: A Straight Forward Guide for Clinicians of All Disciplines / Edition 1

The Essentials of New York Mental Health Law: A Straight Forward Guide for Clinicians of All Disciplines / Edition 1

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The Essentials of New York Mental Health Law: A Straight Forward Guide for Clinicians of All Disciplines / Edition 1

Answers to 300 questions most relevant to mental-health practice in New York State.
Designed to dispel the mystery and alleviate the anxiety that many clinicians associate with the legal system, this volume surveys New York law as it applies to clinical practice and answers questions most often asked by clinicians. An indispensable guide for clinicians and students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393703085
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/30/2004
Series: Professional Book Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

List of Tablesix
Detailed Contents of Part IIxi
Part IAn Introduction to the Law1
1.A Brief Introduction to the Law3
2.Tarasoff and its New York Progeny12
3.Privacy, Confidentiality, and Testimonial Privilege27
Part II300 Questions on New York Mental Health Law57
4.The Legal System and Legal Process59
5.Civil Commitment82
6.Assisted Outpatient Treatment (Kendra's Law)98
7.Criminal Law111
8.Subpoenas and Court Orders124
9.Guardians and Other Substitute Decision Makers137
10.Confidentiality, Privilege, Mandatory Reporting, and HIPAA155
11.Records and Record-Keeping174
12.Professional Liability183
13.Children and Families212
Index of Cases, Statutes, and Regulations227
Important Phone Numbers and Web Addresses231
Index of Subjects235

What People are Saying About This

J. Reid Meloy

Three centuries ago John Locke penned these words: 'Wherever law ends, tyranny begins.' In these troubled times, we mental health professionals are reminded that totalitarian thinking and religious zealotry can dangerously threaten the psychological foundation of the rule of law. Steven Behnke and his colleagues bring us an elegant guide, a clear assertion, a beautifully written book that helps us understand, and affirms our belief in the emotional and intellectual importance of the law as it applies to mental health care.
PhD, ABPP, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego; Adjunct Professor, University of San Diego School of Law

Joel A. Dvoskin

The law at its best must be accessible, and that is the magic of this book. Never in my experience has mental health law been presented in such a clear, practical and useful fashion. Without sacrificing accuracy or legal sophistication, Behnke, Bernstein, and Perlin have written this book for the convenience of their readers, and it is a kindness that will indelibly and positively affect the lives of New Yorkers with serious mental illnesses and the people who work so hard to serve their needs.
Ph.D., ABPP, University of Arizona College of Medicine and Former Acting Commissioner, New York State Office of Mental Health

Thomas G. Gutheil

This valuable series is truly an 'essential' component of the library of any student, scholar, or practitioner interested in the interface between mental health and law. Clear, highly accessible, knowledgeable, and complete, this series not only presents mental health law in its necessary clinical context, it also captures those very questions professionals are most likely to ask. A stunning contribution and a sure cure for clinician anxiety.
M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School President, American Academy of Psychiatry and Law

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