406 G Street, Suite 206, Anchorage, Alaska  99501

(907) 274-7686 Phone  ~  (907) 274-9493 Fax


Jim Gottstein

907 274-7686


PsychRights Putting on Mental Disability Law Seminar



September 8, 2003

Nationally recognized expert on Mental Disability Law, Professor Michael Perlin of New York Law School and Robert Whitaker, award-winning author of "Mad in America," a social and medical history of our society's treatment of the severely mentally ill, will be presenting a seminar on Mental Health Disability Law September 10-11 in Anchorage at the Hotel Captain Cook. 

Mr. Whitaker will kick off the session at 9:00 a.m. on the 10th with his presentation:

  • Separating Fact From Fiction: What 50 Years of Research Really Shows About the Long-Term Efficacy of Neuroleptics.

This will be followed by presentations on numerous topics by Prof. Perlin, including:

  • Involuntary civil commitment, and mental health courts
  • Right to treatment, the right to sexual interaction and other institutional rights
  • Right to refuse treatment (Civil & Criminal)
  • Deinstitutionalization, Olmstead, and the ADA
  • Incompetency to stand trial and other criminal incompetencies
  • Other criminal trial process issues related to mental disability (confessions, privilege against self-incrimination)

The seminar is co-sponsored by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights.  More information on the speakers and the seminar can be obtained by calling Jim Gottstein, 274-7686, or visiting

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