Mental Health Project

Chicago Tribune Interviews Heyrman on Impact of ACA and Local Cuts on Mental Health Care

Mental health care offers easy target for budget ax
Bonnie Miller Rubin
Chicago Tribune
July 18, 2012

Health care has dominated the headlines recently at the federal, state and local levels:

The Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act. Six of 12 Chicago-run community mental health clinics are shut, as is the state-run Tinley Park Mental Health Center.

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Mark J. Heyrman

"Clinics In Action: The Mental Health Advocacy Project Challenges Illinois' Decision to Close Three State Hospitals"

Illinois operates nine inpatient psychiatric facilities housing approximately 1300 persons.  Faced with a substantial budget deficit, on September 8, 2011, the State announced its intention to close three of these facilities.  The State has also announced that it does not intend to fund alternative services in the community.  Because inpatient care is generally brief,

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Mark Heyrman Discusses Loughner and Possible Insanity Defense with WSJ Law Blog

On Jared Loughner and a Possible Insanity Defense
Nathan Koppel
The Wall Street Journal - Law Blog
January 10, 2011

It’s too soon to know, of course, whether Jared Loughner will invoke an insanity defense during his trial.

But press accounts have noted behavior that seems strange, if not downright insane. Case in point: His rather incoherent rantings about the evils of America’s currency and grammatical structure.

Mark J. Heyrman

Mark Heyrman Talks with Daily Kos About Mental Health, Insanity, and Criminal Law

Jared Loughner, Mental Health and the Law
Adam B
January 10, 2011

I know enough to know what I don't know, and then I turn to the experts. Prof. Mark Heyrman has taught at The University of Chicago Law School's Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic since 1978, where he supervises students in litigation and legislative advocacy on behalf of persons with mental illness, and teaches a course on Law and the Mental Health System.

Mark J. Heyrman

Heyrman on New Rules for Adult Guardianship

New rules for adult guardians likely on the way
Laura Girresch
Belleville News-Democrat
June 14, 2004

Legislation that would require certification of some guardians of impaired adults is expected to be signed by the governor, but one lawyer involved in Illinois guardianship reform efforts said it doesn't address the biggest problem.

Mark J. Heyrman

Mark J. Heyrman

Clinical Professor of Law

Following a year practicing criminal law, Heyrman returned to the Law School as clinical teacher in 1978. His principal responsibilities involve teaching effective advocacy to students of the Law School's Mandel Clinic through supervising these students in litigation and legislative advocacy on behalf of persons with mental illness.

Mark Heyrman: "Why the Legal Standard for Involuntary Commitment to Mental Hospitals Doesn't Matter (Much)"

Mark Heyrman is Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. This talk was recorded on November 6, 2007 as part of the Chicago's Best Ideas Series. © 2007 The University of Chicago Law School. "In the 1970's most states tightened their standards for involuntary commitment.

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