Mental Health Issues & the New York State Courts

  • Legal Skills

Why you should attend

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in a 12-month period, 26.2% of American adults will have a diagnosable mental disorder, and 5.8% will have a mental illness classified as severe. The prevalence of mental disorders among individuals involved in the criminal justice system and some areas of the civil legal system is even higher. This timely program will focus on the intersection of individuals living with mental illness and their involvement in both the criminal and civil justice systems in New York State.

What you will learn
• How to recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental illness
• Recent developments in the Risk-Need-Responsivity Model: Modalities for determining a litigant's potential risk of re-offending and the role that mental health issues play
• New York's Civil and Criminal Justice Systems' response to litigants with mental illness
• Ethical issues in representing litigants with mental health issues

Who should attend

This program is designed for New York State Judges, Court Attorneys, Law Clerks, Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys, the Private Bar, State Attorneys, and Mental Health System Professionals involved in the New York State Justice System.

Cost: $0.00 *

*There is no cost associated with this program. You can register by visiting our website at

PLI's live programs are approved in all states that require mandatory continuing legal education for attorneys. Please visit our website for additional State CLE information.

  • CLE Credit Comments: CLE-NY Credits Credit Status: Approved Transitional: Yes outside of US Total Credits: 6.00 Ethics: 1.00 Professional Practice: 5.00 CLE-NJ Credits Credit Status: Approved Total Credits: 6.00 Ethics: 1.20 General: 4.80
  • Contact:
    Leonard McKenzie
    Practising Law Institute
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