Law and the Mental Health System

Law 260



Writing Experience (WE)



This is an advanced health care course that focuses on legal regulation of the mental health care system. Topics usually include defining, diagnosing, and treating mental disorders; the mental health care professions; mental health care finance; state regulation of the mental health care professions, including licensing and administrative disciplinary schemes; state and federal regulation of insurance coverage of mental health care; state and federal regulation of privacy and confidentiality in mental health care practice; informed consent in mental health care practice; civil commitment, civil competencies and guardianship; and professional liability for malpractice.

This course is designed to serve as a complement to the Psychiatry and Law course, and the two courses may be taken in either order.

UNC School of Law | Van Hecke-Wettach Hall | 160 Ridge Road, CB #3380 | Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380 | 919.962.5106

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