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Susan Stone Panel on Mental Illness and the Law

Thursday, October 17, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Alkek Library Teaching Theatre

Susan Stone (1959-2013) was a licensed attorney, licensed psychiatrist, and a member of this panel until her unexpected passing in September. Applying her extensive knowledge of law and psychiatry, Dr. Stone was a strong advocate for people with mental illness in the Texas criminal justice system.  This discussion of Texas Mental Health Code and its recent changes, as a result of Stone's efforts to improve the delivery of voluntary and involuntary mental health services, will include the following experts:  Jacques M. Ntonme, J.D., Legal Fellow at Texas Appleseed; The Honorable Judge Guy Herman of the Travis County Probate Court; Beth Mitchell, J.D., of Disability Rights Texas; and Kris Thompson, former Sergeant with the Austin Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team who will describe their roles in working with legal issues related to the treatment of persons with mental illness. The Texas Mental Health Code is a section of the Texas Health and Safety Code that provides the framework for how mental health treatment, both voluntary and involuntary, is carried out in Texas.  Susan Stone tirelessly led a two-year project that made recommendations for important changes to this part of the law for the benefit of those with mental health issues.

Ollie Seay
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Faculty, General Interest, Staff, Undergraduate Students
Susan Stone Panel on Mental Illness and the Law