The Honorable Stephen Erickson
The Honorable Stephen Erickson served as an Associate Judge of the Rhode Island District Court from 1990 until his retirement in 2010. While on the bench he organized and implemented the first mental health diversion program in the Rhode Island judiciary; that program has been responsible for diverting hundreds of mentally ill individuals from the regular process of the criminal justice system. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he served four terms as a Rhode Island State Representative and later served as the Director of Legislative Affairs in the Office of the Governor of Rhode Island.
LAW.711Mental Health Law: Multidisciplinary ApproachClick to Open
This course is designed to create a cross disciplinary environment where students can explore some of the critical issues that cross the boundaries between law and behavioral health. It will focus on selected topics, exploring each of them from a medical as well as legal perspective. The course will begin with an overview of the mental health system and its history, as well as an outline of the specialized legal environment in which it works. There will then be a series of focus sessions that zoom in on specific issues. There will be three skills workshops providing practical application of the material to common types of psychiatric hearings: civil certification; dangerousness; and competency/diversion. Brown University graduate students in psychiatry and psychology will be registered students in this course.