Category Archives: Mental Health

Category Archives: Mental Health

Speaking engagement on mental health issues and guardianship proceedings

It was my pleasure to have spoken to the Mental Health and Disability Committee of the Chicago Bar Association regarding the relationship between mental health law cases and guardianship proceedings. Although for some Cook County respondents, these cases may be mutually exclusive, for others there is a clear nexus in proceedings in the County Division […]

Lori G. Levin Moderates Panel on Cook County’s Mental Health Court

Yesterday, I moderated a continuing legal education program for the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois on Cook County’s Mental Health Court. The Honorable LeRoy K. Martin, Jr., Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division; The Honorable Lauren Edidin, Mental Health Court Judge, Second Municipal Division, and The Honorable Lawrence P. Fox (Ret.), Director of Specialty Courts, […]

Cook County Sheriff Providing New Resources for Mentally Ill Inmates

The Cook County Department of Corrections through the Sheriff’s newly established Office of Mental Health Policy and Advocacy has established a 24 hour hotline for mentally ill inmates’ family members as well as former inmates coping with mental illness who need to secure services. As I know, from my long career as a defense attorney, […]

News and items of interest on Facebook and Twitter

Frequently, I post items of interest pertaining to criminal, juvenile and mental health law on the firm Facebook page and Twitter account. To keep current, please follow at on Facebook and @LoriLevin on Twitter. Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60601 [email protected]

Illinois Chief Justice issues reminder that court orders determining a person to have mental health problems must be forwarded to Illinois State Police for weapon background checks

This post is a follow-up on an earlier one regarding the Illinois State Auditor General’s report on the limited adherence of counties statewide to report mental health findings to the Illinois State Police for its background checks for Firearm Owner’s Identification Cards. That post may be found at /2/post/2012/05/illinois-auditor-general-releases-report-on-effectiveness-of-illinois-firearms-owners-identification-card-act.html. The Auditor General’s report indicated that […]

Evaluation of the first year of CPD Crisis Intervention Training focused on delinquent youth who suffer from mental illness

Previously, I have written about the Chicago Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Training. /2/post/2011/07/chicago-police-departments-crisis-intervention-training.html. The CIT training model was originally developed by the Memphis, Tennessee police department in conjunction with the National Alliance on Mental Illness as well as consumers on mental health services. The Chicago Police Department adopted the CIT training in 2004. In 2009, […]

Illinois Auditor General releases report on effectiveness of Illinois Firearms Owners Identification Card Act

Speaking Engagement on Fitness to Stand Trial

This afternoon, Amy P. Campanelli of the Law Offices of the Cook County Public Defender and I will be speaking on Fitness to Stand Trial: The Process, The Procedure and the Law at the Illinois State Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Program on the Plight of the Mentally Ill in the Criminal Justice System.

Increased mental health services needed

In my practice, I continually deal with mental health issues, whether in the criminal and juvenile justice arenas or when they factor into issues in civil cases. Many of these issues manifest themselves when the afflicted are juveniles or young adults. When children’s mental health issues are virtually ignored, they will not disappear. Although most […]

Mental Health Issues in the Criminal Justice System

Since my days as a student at Georgetown University Law Center and its Criminal Justice Clinic, I have spent a great deal of time working on the issue of the mentally ill within the criminal justice system. Although I will not be able to attend this program, I am happy that GULC is sponsoring what […]

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