The ADA & Other Legal Rights for People with Mental Illnesses
The following resources are available on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
- Fact Sheets
EEOC's Guidelines on the ADA and Psychiatric Disabilities - - (pending)
The following resources are available on other legal rights:
- **New Publication**
From the NAMI Legal Center: Legal Protections and Advocacy Strategies for People with Severe Mental Illnesses in Managed Care Systems. This publication provides an overview of legal issues in both public and private sector managed care systems and presents guidelines for advocates working to build a health care delivery system that properly serves people with severe mental illnesses. This resource is in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.
- NAMI Public Policy Platform/Legal Issues (5th Edition, June 2000)
- Right to Treatment
- Involuntary Commitment/Court-ordered Treatment
- Advance Directives and Healthcare Proxies
- Security of Trust Funds
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
NAMI's Comments on Proposed Federal Standards for Protecting the Privacy of Individually Identified Health Information, published in the Federal Register, November 3, 1999
Health Privacy Project Publication: The State of Health Privacy: An Uneven Terrain (A Comprehensive Survey of State Health Privacy Statutes)
Publication Alert - The United States Department of Justice recently published a booklet entitled A Guide to Disability Rights Laws, May, 2000. The booklet describes ten federal laws that prohibit discrimination and establish the rights of people with disabilities. The booklet may be used to learn about disability rights laws and about who to contact in the federal government for assistance in protecting your civil rights.
- NAMI Public Policy Platform on Legal Issues: see Section 8.3 entitled Advance Directives and Healthcare Proxies
Advanced Directives - article prepared by Ron Honberg, J.D., The Journal of NAMI California Vol. 11, Number 3, 2000 (Publication dedicated to Mental Illness and the Law)
NEXUM: Mental Health Advance Directives by Contract - article prepared by Paul F. Stavis, Director of the Law and Psychiatry Center, George Mason University School of Law. The NEXUM article proposes a new approach for mental health advance directives and includes model advanced directive legislation and a table of state advance directive statutes. (pending).