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Mental Health Law Committee

The Mental Health Law Committee focuses legal issues concerning mental illness and intellectual disabilities, ranging from civil rights, to access to medical care, to the plight of individuals coping with mental illness, particularly in the legal profession. During the past year, the committee has been involved in drafting comments to new amendments to the Family Health Care Decisions Act (FHDCA), that affect patients with mental illness and intellectual disabilities. The committee is currently preparing a report on the FHDCA’s exclusion of intellectually disabled as well as some mentally ill patients from surrogate decision-making under the Act. The committee is also concerned with the differences between New York’s adult guardianship statutes that afford fewer due process protections and preserve less autonomy for intellectually disabled people than for all other incapacitated adults.


Recent Reports

Report on A9729/S7374 regarding due process protections for transitional care adults (November 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Transitional Care Adults

Statement on the Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders: Comments on the newly adopted Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act (Senate Bill S3318 and Assembly Bill A6162) ( PDF )
Subject area: Sex Offenders

Letter to Governor Elect Spitzer urging that New York State cease its current practice of terminating Medicaid eligibility for individuals incarcerated in state and local correctional facilities ( PDF )
Subject area: Prisons

For the full list of committee reports click here