Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches

Let’s Talk about the Law - Mental Illness and Legal Matters, Part Two

April 07, 2021 Randye Kaye Season 1 Episode 13
Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches
Let’s Talk about the Law - Mental Illness and Legal Matters, Part Two
Show Notes

Guest: Judge Lisa Wexler, Connecticut

Many of our listeners have shared frustrations with the law, confusion about the process, and want to know more. Today we get the story from the other side of the bench.

 This is Part Two of our conversation with Judge Lisa Wexler (https://www.lisawexler.com/ ). Judge Lisa has been a probate judge in Connecticut since 2013. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and NYU School of Law. She has practiced law in NY and CT for many years and is also a professional mediator . Lisa is also the creator of The Lisa Wexler Show, a daily talk radio show airing on WICC-600 in suburban CT and metro NY. 

We Talk About: Part Two: 

CT one of three US states that doesn’t have Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT). Do you wish it did?

Need for “acute event” to be admitted to hospital. Can we intervene before it gets to that point? 

Civil Commitment (Minnesota and some other states)

How hard is it to make decisions for those with Schizophrenia and their families? Do you ever wish for more power, or less? 

How much does/should the average Judge know about mental illness before making decisions like these? 

What state laws would you change if you could?  

Issues of Dangerousness, Gun Control , Access 

“Right of Notice” vs “Right to Appear” re hearings for families

Probable Cause hearings 

CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) for Police 

For the 3 moms: What would you most want judges to know?

Judge Lisa: What would you most want family members to know ?