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"Better Served by Treatment": Practicing in the Mental

"Better Served by Treatment": Practicing in the Mental Health Courts 101
Tuesday, June 4, 2024 | 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
This course offers an introduction to the operational framework of New York City's expanded Mental Health Courts (MHC) and is designed to equip lawyers with essential skills for effective practice. MHC were established to address the intersection of mental health and the criminal justice system, recognizing the unique needs faced by individuals with mental health challenges who become involved in legal proceedings. We will have welcoming remarks by the Hon. Rowan D. Wilson, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, New York State. Participants will gain insight into the unique dynamics of MHC. Key topics covered include: 
How to identify clients experiencing mental health challenges
How to effectively communicate to clients with mental illness
Understanding who is eligible to participate in Mental Health Courts
Learn Mental Health Court procedures from the initial stages of acceptance into judicial diversion to plea negotiations and final disposition
The role of community mental health providers in treatment for participants
Through a blend of theoretical insights and practical guidance, this introductory course provides lawyers with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to navigate MHCs successfully and engage in proficient legal practice within this specialized area. 
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CLE Credit:
New York: 1.0 Skills
New Jersey: 1.4 General
California: 1.0 General
Pennsylvania: 1.0 General
Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

Program Fee:

Free for Members | $50 for Nonmembers

Program Chairs:

Eric Fieldman,  Principal Court Attorney to the Hon. Toko Serita, Queens County Criminal Court and OCA Office for Justice Initiatives Division of Policy and Planning
Kacie A. Lally, Principal Court Attorney to the Hon. Anne J. Swern, NYS Supreme Court 
James Bergamo, Principal Court Attorney to the Hon. Kevin B. McGrath, Jr., Criminal Court of the City of New York 
Sponsoring Association Committees:
Small Law Firm
, Adam N. Weissman
Criminal Courts Committee, Anna G. Cominsky and Carola Beeney, Co-Chairs

Co-sponsoring Organization:
Small Law Firm Center

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