Program looks at 'Representing the Client with Mental Illness'

The Oakland County Bar Association will present “Representing the Client with Mental Illness” on Friday, Feb. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon at Oakland Community Health Network, 5505 Corporate Drive in Troy.

Clients who have mental health or developmental disabilities, or a substance abuse disorder, often require legal help and intervention from outside the legal system. This training provides an in-depth look at these outside resources as well as legal strategies for representing someone with a mental health condition.

Topics of discussion will include:

• Services available for adults with mental illness, including Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), case management, psychiatric services and therapy services and suicide prevention resources.

• Resources available for people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), including supports coordination, autism services, gentle teaching, therapy and respite services.

• An overview of additional supports like care coordination, residential options and guardianship.

• Legal remedies for these clients, such as Kevin's Law/assisted outpatient treatment (AOT), mental health treatment courts, pick-up orders/involuntary hospitalization, emergency mental health services and jail diversion

Cost for the seminar is $75 for OCBA members; $65 for OCBA new lawyers, paralegals, students; and $95 for non-members.  There will be an additional $10 charge for on site registration.

This seminar is free to attorneys on the criminal appointment list. Attorneys on the juvenile and criminal appointment lists will receive three CLE credits.

To register or for additional information, visit and click on “events.”