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Fall 2021
5297 Mental Health Law - HEATH BRENTS- 27243

Professor(s): Melinda Heath Brents (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Health Law 

Time: 4:00p-6:00p  M  Location: 215  TUII

Course Outline: This course will examine issues relating to the role of state and local agencies and the courts in mental health care and treatment. Particular attention will be given to state mental health law, including civil commitment and treatment, and the impact that mental health issues have on criminal procedure (competency, insanity defense); mental health care policy and regulation; and practice issues for attorneys practicing in the area of mental health. Federal statutes impacting mental health issues will be included.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Whether this course will be distance education, or will have a physical room assigned, and if so the extent to which the instructor might use the room during the semester, is not determined at the time when registration initially opens for this course.  You may see contrary indications in the UH systems where you actually register for the course.  In other words, this course might be distance education with no use of a physical classroom. It might be the “HyFlex” mode in which some Law Center courses used a physical room during 2020-21. As we get closer to the start of the term/semester for this course, this course note will be updated as decisions are determined. The instructors will be involved in those decisions, but decisions about modalities may not be invariant throughout the term/semester or between now and when the course starts.



First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 12/13 4pm-6pm  240 BLB    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Available

Course Materials (4/5/2021 10:25:12 PM)

No book required for this course