Mental Health Issues in Jails and Prisons
This course offers a comprehensive overview of the mental disability law issues in correctional settings (jails & prisons). Topics include the historical development of the constitutional right to correctional health and mental health care, 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. The grade is based on a midterm paper and a take-home final.
This upper-level substantive course provides a comprehensive overview of the legal, historic, and policy issues related to mental disability issues in correctional settings.
Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Criminal Defense; Criminal Prosecution; Family Law; Government/Public Sector