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Legal Perspectives for Individuals and Families Coping with Mental Health Problems and Substance Abuse
Carolyn Reinach Wolf
Just as we have heard in advance of every airplane flight, crises that result in a loss of oxygen should spur passengers to fasten their own masks before helping others.
The Wall Street Journal reports how hospitals are repurposing psychiatric beds for COVID patients and cites sources worried that psychiatric units might close.
As demonstrated in the White House, there can be significant consequences when people who know better refuse to tell a person “no.”
As the pandemic drags on, many mental health practitioners have begun to voice concerns about the legal risks of counseling patients virtually.
Individuals with mental illness need people they can turn to for love and support — a bond that can be comprised with the authority of conservatorship.
Our pandemic-induced mental health crisis will likely require a growing number of parents to protect adult children from themselves.
All over the country, the lives of moms have been shattered by the realities of the Coronavirus; I am missing my own daughter’s wedding.
If police continue serving as first responders to mental health crises, they will need enhanced training, oversight by licensed professionals, and re-established community trust.
As states begin to reopen, mental health professionals must follow state and federal guidelines to avoid potential legal liability when returning to their offices.
The ability to conduct virtual meetings can be a blessing and a challenge to our emotional well-being. We must re-evaluate how these platforms are useful and when they are not.
Like social distancing, preventing hospitalizations stemming from mental health crises can reduce the burden on the health care system.
The Molson Coors tragedy in Milwaukee reconfirms that when someone enters a building with a gun and an intent to kill, it’s already too late.
It’s worth reviewing the comprehensive plan put forth by a serious contender for the Democratic nomination.
As we express gratitude this holiday season, let’s remember the lives of individuals and families upended by serious mental health issues, and advocate for real system-wide change.
Those seeking workplace solutions for mental health must consider their jobs, bosses, and organizations, as well as their rights and the rights of employers.
The suicide of esteemed psychologist Gregory Eels brings to light the toll of working in the mental health field and the help often needed by those who give deeply of themselves.
President Trump's comments on building institutions for the mentally ill reflect ignorance and disregard for inhumane realities—and such facilities won't prevent mass shootings.
College represents a perfect storm: the age when mental illness surfaces, pressures and temptations intensify, and legal adulthood blocks parents’ access to information.
The family of Thomas Gilbert, Jr., opted against his involuntary commitment because hospitalization would have been too brief; they had no other options to intervene in his care.
Individuals and families impacted by mental illness and addiction can help ensure the field of presidential candidates know fixing our broken system is a priority for voters.
Individuals and loved ones impacted by mental illness—and clinicians, attorneys, financial advisors, accountants—can all benefit from more clear, available legal information
Colleges and families must take proactive, preventive steps to identify and support young people suffering from PTSD, anxiety, depression, and grief.
Education, training and guidance from mental health experts can help clergy make a real difference in the lives of those impacted by mental illness and substance abuse
Families face terrible choices when symptomatic loved ones have nowhere to go.
Women are more likely to seek out help when mental health crises arise. It’s crucial to trust their instincts and judgement.
High-profile revelations spurred advancements in the national conversation about mental health this year, but more progress is needed.
Millions of Americans who deal with mental health challenges can advance their priorities this November.
Separate therapeutic interventions for families and court-appointed guardians for individuals who are ill provide needed respite for caregivers
While better protecting patient rights, today’s laws make it extremely challenging for families to secure treatment and provide stability for loved ones with mental illness.
Inappropriate comments about mental-health conditions and care add to the stigma for individuals and families struggling with mental illness, and deters people from seeking help.
Carolyn Reinach Wolf is a mental health attorney guiding families through the complex landscape of legal issues that impact individuals with serious mental illness and/or substance abuse.