Category Archives: Mental Health

Mental Health Litigation Appellate Certification Training – Fall 2017

The CPCS Mental Health Litigation Division is now accepting applications for its 3 day Appellate  Certification Training taking place in the Fall of 2017.  The training will take place at the Registry of Deeds in Worcester over the course of three days**:

Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 from 9:00 – 4:30

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 from 9:00 – 4:30

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 from 9:00 – 4:30

Applicants to the program need to be accepted prior to registering for the training.

** Day One (11/6/17) will be an overview of mental health trial proceedings.  Experienced mental health panel members may apply to waive this first day, or they may choose to attend for a “refresher” on mental health litigation.

To apply, please download the application from our website available HERE.

Deadline to submit the application is September 30,  2017.

Further Information:

For further information regarding the appellate panel certification process, please contact Karen Talley at (508) 583-0560 or ktalley@publiccounsel.net.

March 24 – 7:00 PM, Boston: Harvard Center for Law, Brain & Behavior hosts: Poverty, Violence, and the Developing Mind

Concentrated poverty is on the rise, and an increasing number of children are at risk for exposure to severe violence and dangerous living conditions. What are the implications of trauma exposure for healthy brain development?

During this panel event, Dr. Kerry Ressler (of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School) will discuss the risks poor, urban environments pose for post-traumatic stress disorder, while Dr. Charles A. Nelson (of Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital) will discuss the effects of “toxic stress” on early childhood development. Carey Goldberg of WBUR’s CommonHealth will facilitate the conversation and host the Q&A session with the audience. 

This event is free and open to the public. It will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Bornstein Amphitheater, from 7:00-8:30 pm. A brief reception will precede the event from 6:30-7:00 PM.  Click here to register.

When
Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Where
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Bornstein Amphitheater – 75 Francis Street 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02115 – 

MHLD Yahoo Group Important Notice

Mental Health Litigation Division Panel Members – Yahoo Group Membership:

Membership in the Mental Health Litigation Division Discussion Yahoo Group is a requirement for all attorneys on the MHLD Panel.

If you are not a member of the Yahoo group, you should join now. You will need a Yahoo account.

Some of you should have received an invitation to join this group if you are not currently a member. Please respond and complete the registration process as soon as possible.

Make sure you include an identifiable display name when you join or edit your membership.

Questions: mhweb@publiccounsel.net

MHLAC November 9, 2015 – New Approaches to Treatment & Services for Persons with Co-Occurring Substance Use & Mental Health Disorders

MHLAC’s fall training is taking place on November 9, 2015 at MCLE in Boston. This year’s program is New Approaches to Treatment & Services for Persons with Co-Occurring Substance Use & Mental Health Disorders 

You can find the agenda and registration here

This program does not replace the requirement that all panel members must take the Mandatory Guardianship Training being offered by CPCS MHLD. See the CPCS Training Calendar for dates and locations for the Mandatory Guardianship Training.

Register for Worcester Mandatory Guardianship Training December 4th – Limited to current MHLD panelists

The second CPCS Mental Health Litigation Division guardianship training is scheduled for Friday, December 4, 2015 at the Worcester County Registry of Deeds. You must register for this FREE training. Please use the following link to register and find a description of the event click here

Mandatory Guardianship Training November 13th Registration

The first CPCS guardianship training is scheduled for Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Springfield Technical Community College.  The training is free, but you need to register.  A full description of the event and registration are available using the following link:

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cpcs-mandatory-guardianship-training-tickets-18521182355

UMASS Announces Psychosocial Webinar Series

The UMASS Systems & Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC) announced a new webinar series this week. Starting October 14 they will offer seminars on a variety of topics including:

  • supports for transition-aged youth
  • innovations in integrated care
  • risk assessment
  • mental health screening
  • wellness
  • co-occurring disorders

More information

DMH Schedules Hearings on Fresh Air Regulations Sept. 15 at 2:00 pm

The Department of Mental Health has filed regulations for public comment  implementing the “Reasonable Daily Access to Fresh Air” Act of 2014. This act added access to fresh air to the list of rights of individuals hospitalized in psychiatric facilities operated, contracted or licensed by DMH.  
 
The hearing on the proposed regulations will take place on September 15, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the DMH Central Office, 25 Staniford St., Boston, MA  02114. Click here for directions.

Click here to download the Notice of Public Hearing.
Click here to download a copy of the proposed regulations.     Continue reading

Mental Health Litigation Schedules First Sessions for Mandatory Training for Guardianship Attorneys

MHLD panel members are required to complete a day-long training on representing respondents in guardianship cases during the FY 16, which runs from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. This will also satisfy the requirement that panelists complete 8 hours of CLE.The MHLD will offer regional trainings at locations statewide.

The first two trainings, which will take place in Springfield and Worcester.

Mark your calendars:

Friday, November 13, 2015 at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield.
Friday, December 4, 2015 at the Worcester Registry of Deeds in Worcester.

Thanks to everyone who has completed the re-registration process. For those who have not, please keep in mind that the deadline is August 15, 2015. The forms are available in pdf. Email the forms to mhpanelregistration@publiccounsel.net and you will receive an auto-reply confirming that it has been received.