Mental health and the courts


Assignment Details

You will select 1 of the 4 topics for your Discussion Board (DB). Please read the instructions for the DB assignments carefully as they are different from your other classes that you have had DBs in.

Selecting one of the four topics, you will be required to submit a 300-word minimum main topic posting. Your initial posting should be analytical, persuasive, or reflective in nature. Keep in mind that you will be choosing a different topic for your Individual Project (IP). Please add your references to the main topic posting (required). You are encouraged to do research on the topic from other resources. Each classmate’s response should be a minimum of 100 words per response. Your option is to respond to postings that concern your main topic selection, or you may respond to postings from classmates that have to do with one of the other two topics.

The following topics come from the reading assignments for this week and are all located in the AIU online Library:

Topic 1: Courting Compliance: The Role of Case Managers in Mental Health Courts

Castellano, U. (2011). Courting compliance: Case managers as “double agents’” in the mental health court. Law and Social Inquiry, 36(2), 484–451.

Topic 2: Oregon’s Criminal Justice System to Be Examined Over Treatment of Mentally Ill People

Wilson, C. (2019, June 10). Oregon’s criminal justice system to be examined over treatment of mentally ill people. NPR.

Topic 3: Gender Matters in the Insanity Defense

Breheney, C., Groscup, J., & Galietta, M. (2007). Gender matters in the insanity defense. Law and Psychology Review, 31, 93–123.

Topic 4: From Courtroom to Clinic: Legal Cases That Changed Mental Health Treatment

Fentiman, L. C. (2020). From courtroom to clinic: Legal cases that changed mental health treatment. Journal of Legal Medicine, 40(1), 131–133.