When a loved one with mental illness comes into contact with the law, trying to advocate for them can be an overwhelming and frustrating endeavor. Mental illness adds a layer of complexity to legal processes, and the justice system can be downright bewildering, even for the most well-intentioned. How can families find out if their loved one is being mistreated or ignored, and how can they make sense of their rights under various laws and regulations?
Offering information on everything from fair housing and employment rights to privacy, Linda Tashbook's new book, Family Guide to Mental Illness and the Law: A Practical Handbook, offers practical guidance for handling legal challenges and complicated circumstances affecting loved ones with mental illness.
Tashbook, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a Senior Fulbright Scholar, translates complicated legal principles into plain English. She identifies documents, explains processes, and demonstrates communications techniques to use with government staff, lawyers, and mental health professionals.
If you are in Pittsburgh, plan to attend this free lecture at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall on Thursday, December 6th at 6:00 p.m.