Legal Regulation of Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry
There are two major areas in which a psychiatric clinician must have a general understanding of the relationship of mental health to American law. The first devolves from the legal regulation of psychiatric practice. The second entails the field of forensic psychiatry. As both of these areas of concern are changing as the law itself changes, it is more important to understand how to think about problems related to mental health and law than to memorize specific statutes, cases, and administrative codes (although such specific data may be relevant to the resolution of one or another problem that may arise for the psychiatrist’s consideration). This chapter reviews approaches to thinking about problems in mental health and the law.
KeywordsLegal Regulation Psychiatric Clinician Psychiatric Practice Legal Criterion Forensic Psychiatry
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