Mental Health Project

Project goals:

  1. To improve the quality and quantity of community mental health services for persons with serious mental illnesses.
  2. To improve the quality of care provided in state mental hospitals.
  3. To insure that persons confined in state hospitals are treated in the least restrictive environment.
  4. To create a coordinated system of care for persons with mental illness in Illinois.
  5. To reduce the number of persons with mental illness in the criminal justice system.
  6. 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 for more information.

Clinical teacher: Mark J. Heyrman

Project Secretary:  Zonda Carriel

Project Social Worker: Michelle Geller

Combat Clemency Project

The Mental Health Advocacy Clinic will be taking on a special project during the Autumn, 2015 Quarter. We will represent six combat veterans who have been court martialed for homicides they committed while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. At the time of their offenses, these clients were suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or other mental illnesses. On their behalf we will be seeking from the United States Department of Justice and President Obama some form of clemency such as a sentence reduction, commutation or a full pardon. The work will be done in cooperation with several experienced attorneys from the Judge Advocate General Corps and with support from United American Patriots.

Each student will interview her or his client at the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and prepare a detailed written application for clemency. These petitions will likely include psychological, neurological and other medical evidence. In early January, 2016, the students will travel as group to Washington, DC, to present the clemency petitions to the Justice Department. We will conduct a press conference following that presentation.

Mental Health Legislation

Mental health legislation under consideration for 2011 and enacted in 2010 and other recent years (Updated: 8/27/10)

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