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Mental Health Law

Guide to assist with Mental Health legal research


This list of books on the topic of mental health law is intended to start your research in this area. To find additional books, use and use combinations of search terms such as mental, mental health, illness, disability, psychiatry, psychiatric disorders, psychology, law, and legal

  • From Courtroom to Clinic: Legal Cases that Changed Mental Health Treatment by Peter Ash (Cambridge University Press, 2019
  • Protecting the Public? Executive Discretion and the Release of Mentally Disordered Offenders by Tessa Boyd-Caine (Taylor and Francis, 2012)
  • Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for Social Justice by Felicity Callard et al. (John Wiley & Sons, 2012)
  • A Lawyer's Guide to Understanding Psychiatry by John S. Carbone (American Bar Association, 2013)
  • Criminal Trials and Mental Disorders by Thomas L. Hafemeister (New York University Press, 2019)
  • A Court of Refuge: Stories from the Bench of America's First Mental Health Court by Ginger Lerner-Wren (Beacon Press, 2018)
  • Manifest Madness: Mental Incapacity in the Criminal Law by Arlie Loughnan (Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Mental Health Law in a Nutshell by John E.B. Myers (West Academic Publishing, 2016)
  • Mental Disability, Violence, and Future Dangerousness: Myths Behind the Presumption of Guilt by John Parry (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013)
  • Advanced Introduction to Mental Health Law by Michael L. Perlin (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021)
  • Mental Disability and the Death Penalty: The Shame of the States by Michael L. Perlin (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013)
  • International Human Rights and Mental Disability Law: When the Silenced are Heard by Michael L. Perlin (Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness by Alisa Roth (Basic Books, 2018)
  • Family Guide to Mental Illness and the Law: A Practical Handbook by Linda Tashbook (Oxford University Press, 2019)
  • New Law and Ethics in Mental Health Advance Directives: The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Right to Choose by Penelope Weller (Routledge, 2013)
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