Mental Health Project
- To improve the quality and quantity of community mental health services for persons with serious mental illnesses.
- To improve the quality of care provided in state mental hospitals.
- To insure that persons confined in state hospitals are treated in the least restrictive environment.
- To create a coordinated system of care for persons with mental illness in Illinois.
- To reduce the number of persons with mental illness in the criminal justice system.
- To improve the treatment provided to persons with mental illness in prisons and jails.
Students who want to learn more about the Mental Health Project may contact Professor Heyrman.
Clinical teacher: Mark J. Heyrman
Project Secretary: Zonda Carriel
Project Social Worker: Michelle Geller
The Mental Health Advocacy Clinic took on a new project beginning in October 2015. We represent seven combat veterans who have been court martialed for homicides committed while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. At the time of their offenses, many of our clients were suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or other mental health issues. On their behalf we are seeking from the Department of Justice and President Obama some form of clemency such as a sentence reduction, commutation, or a full pardon. We will also requesting the Obama Administration to investigate and remedy the lack of mental health resources and PTSD treatment programs at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth. We are conducting our work in cooperation with several experienced attorneys from the Judge Advocate General's Corps and with support from United American Patriots.
Our project members met our clients at the Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas or in the community and has submitted a clemency and/or pardon petition on behalf of each client. These petitions include psychological, neurological, and other medical evidence. We have submitted these petitions by mail to President Obama, Pardon Attorney Zauzmer, and Secretary of the Army Murphy.
Hayley Altabef '17, Kayla Gamin '16, Eamonn Hart '16, Kathleen Kinsella '16, Michael Lockman '16, Stephanie Spiro '16, and John White '16 are each representing one of the Project's combat veterans.