Mental Health Issues in Jails & Prisons
This course offers a comprehensive overview of the mental disability law issues in correctional settings (jails and prisons). Topics include the historical development of the constitutional right to correctional health and mental health care, and issues involving staffing, transfer, record keeping, suicide prevention, the significance of professional standards, the relationship between correctional mental health care and community systems of care, monitoring, informed consent, risk assessment, and privatization of services.
This is a predominately online course, requiring students to participate in a weekly chat room, a discussion board, and two day-long weekend live seminars at New York Law School. The grade is based on chat room, discussion board and live seminar participation; a take-home midterm exam; and a take-home final exam.
M.A. and Certificate pre/co-requisite: Survey of Mental Disability Law