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NYWBA Features Abrams Fensterman on Mental Health Law

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Mental Health Legal Toolkit – Remedies for Stabilization and Safety


The New York Women’s Bar Association (NYWBA) launched its two-part series on legal tools for families and individuals navigating Mental Hygiene Law. The series was co-authored by Abrams Fensterman attorneys Carolyn Reinach Wolf and Sarah A. Chussler.


Part 1, Remedies for Stabilization and Safety, discusses in detail treatment-focused remedies that provide stabilization and safety for those impacted by serious mental illness, substance abuse, or both.


Part 2, Ensuring Stability and Support, reviews essential legal tools and support measures for individuals with mental health challenges.


Topics covered in the two-part series include:

  • When and how to schedule an Intervention
  • Considerations when pursuing a mental hygiene warrant
  • What happens during inpatient psychiatric hospitalization
  • The rights of involuntarily admitted patients
  • Protective measures to take when a loved one poses an immediate risk to themselves or others
  • Outpatient treatment plans and case management services
  • Legal documents for future planning and decision-making support
  • Sharing vital information while protecting privacy
  • Guardianships for individuals unable to manage their own affairs due to incapacity
  • Legal and community support for stable living


Click here to see Part 1 on Page 5 of the NYBA October 2023 Newsletter.


Click here to see Part 2 on Page 7 of the NYBA November 2023 Newsletter.


Learn more about Abrams Fensterman’s Mental Health Law Practice here.

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