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Webinar: Criminal Justice, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and People with Mental Illnesses.

Due to police intervention in mental health crises and arrests for minor, non-violent offenses associated with mental health disabilities, people with mental illnesses represent a significant portion of inmate populations across the nation. In incarceration, they tend to fare more poorly and spend more time incarcerated than do similarly-charged individuals without mental illnesses. Reform efforts have often failed to address the broader systemic problems that have led to this reality. This SAMHSA-sponsored webinar focuses on the issue through the lens of the Americans with Disabilities Act’s integration mandate, and analyzes lessons learned from prior attempts at mental health systems reform. The webinar discusses how mental health, criminal justice, and correctional programs can work together to meet ADA obligations and ensure an array of services that reduce the likelihood that people with mental illnesses will enter the criminal justice system.

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Presenters:  Mark Murphy and Elizabeth Jones

Mark Murphy is the Managing Attorney of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Mark has represented people with disabilities and advocacy organizations in a wide range of legal matters for 30 years, including cases involving the right to integrated, community-based services and the enforcement of rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Fair Housing Act, and Title XIX (Medicaid).

Elizabeth Jones is an expert consultant or court monitor in several Olmstead cases, including in U.S. v. New York, U.S. v. North Carolina, and U.S. v. Georgia. She is an expert in the development and management of ACT teams, supported housing, crisis services, supported employment, and peer services. Elizabeth has also served as the director of psychiatric hospitals in Washington, D.C. and Augusta, Maine.


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