Civil Commitment

November 7 & 8 2022


US Representative Jamie Raskin welcomes attendees of the 2022 Law & Mental Health Conference

Keynote by Paul S. Appelbaum, MD – Understanding Civil Commitment: An Historical Approach

Paul S. Appelbaum, MD, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine and Law, and Director, Division of Law, Ethics and Psychiatry at Columbia, was previously A.F. Zeleznik Distinguished Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry; and Director, Law and Psychiatry Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dr. Appelbaum is the author of many articles and books on law and ethics in clinical practice. Dr. Appelbaum is Past President of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, and has twice served as Chair of the Council on Psychiatry and Law and of the Committee on Judicial Action for the American Psychiatric Association (APA). 

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Keynote by Sarah Y. Vinson, MD – Social (In)Justice and Civil Commitment

Dr. Sarah Y. Vinson is a triple board-certified Child & Adolescent, Adult and Forensic Psychiatrist. She is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Lorio Forensics, a multidisciplinary forensic mental health consultation company, and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and the Interim Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Vinson is a national thought leader regarding the intersections of social justice, criminal justice and mental health. She is on the boards of the American Association of Community Psychiatry and of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. She serves as one of two Psychiatry Advisors for the Judges Psychiatry Leadership Initiative. She is the co-editor of Social (In)Justice and Mental Health, which has been for training curricula in psychiatry programs throughout the country, and led to Dr. Vinson and her Co-Editor Dr. Ruth Shim being awarded the Creative Scholarship Award from the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture. She has written book chapters and/or peer reviewed articles on the social determinants of children’s mental health, child trauma, social media and children’s mental health, fostering resilience, the criminalization of mental illness, and the school to prison pipeline.

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David Cohen, PhD, LCSW – Accountability for Civil Commitment Means Giving A Count

Jonathan Cantarero, Esq – Understanding the Ethics of Civil Commitment

Jonathan Harriford – Florida: One Family’s Experience

Phebe Bell, MSW – Assisted Outpatient Treatment: The Nevada County experience implementing Laura’s Law

Prof. Robert Boruchowitz – The Nightmare in the Halls of Justice

Katie Donohoe, MSW, JD – Mental Health Commitment Proceedings: The State’s Perspective

Dr. Angela L Smith – He Never Came Home: The Tragic Story of Lemon Howard

Will Hall – Force or Neglect: False Options In The Debate About Involuntary Commitment

Shoshana Kehoe-Ehlers, JD – Civil Commitment of Those Convicted of Sexually Violent Offenses: No Longer a Life Sentence

Prof. Nev Jones – Coercion & Psychosis: Transforming the Status Quo

Cassidy Wilson – At the Forefront of Medicine: My Summer Involuntary Hospitalization

Amanda J. Marshall, JD – Representing Unpredictable Clients: Effective Communication for Attorneys

Janet Hays – Civil Commitment: A Harm Mitigation Approach

Bob Harris & Bonnie Roy – California’s Approach to Involuntary Treatment for Individuals With Serious Mental Illnesses

Angela Kimball
Angela Kimball

The 2022 Oregon Advocacy Award is for Angela Kimball.

Angela Kimball is the Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Policy for Inseparable. She is the former National Director of Advocacy and Public Policy for NAMI.

As the mother of son with mental illness, Angela became the first Coordinator of Family Services for Multnomah County’s Mental Health Division in 2000.

Later, she led NAMI Oregon’s advocacy and public policy team and in a prior role, she worked on quality integration of Medicaid health, mental health, substance use and dental services as an Innovator Agent with the Oregon Health Authority. She has received several awards for her legislative work on children’s mental health reform and mental health parity.

Angela is a graduate of Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

Past Conference Speakers

2022 – Civil Commitment – Paul Appelbaum MD, Sarah Vinson MD, Nev Jones PhD, Angela Smith DNAP, CRNA, Cassidy Wilson, Robert Boruchowitz JD, Amanda J. Marshall JD, Phebe Bell MSW, David Cohen MSW, PhD, Jonathan Cantarero JD, Will Hall MA, DipPW, Shoshana Kehoe-Ehlers JD, Janet Hays, Kate Donahue JD, Bob Harris MPP & Bonnie Roy

2022 – Alternatives to Police – Ebony Morgan RN, Moki Macias, Ann Kitchen JD, Dominique Jones MA, LMFT, Jenna Cooper & Dave Thompson, Kenneth “Kensu” Carter MD, Taleed El-Sabawi JD, PhD, Laurel Lisovskis LCSW & Sara Stroo, Kaia Sand, Eric Rafla-Yuan MD, Chief Paul Pazen, Carleigh Sailon LCSW, Mariela Ruiz-Angel MSW & MBA, David Harris, Amy Watson PhD, Ashley Krider MS, Jackson Beck & Jason Tan de Bibiana MSc.

2021 – Impact of Alcohol – Susan Cheever, David H. Jernigan PhD, Joel Ainsworth, Andrew Dyke PhD, Linda L. Chezem JD, Don Coyhis, Paul A. Gilbert PhD, Tiffany Hall, Bruce Lee Livingston MPP, Mike Marshall, Nandita Murukutla PhD, Rebecca Perl, Timothy S. Naimi MD & MPH, Alicia Sparks PhD & MPH, Mike Tobias, Cassandra Tourre MPA.

2020 – Ebony Clarke LCSW, Alison Bort JD & PhD, Joe Biel, Mellani Calvin, Faith Harper PhD, Joseph Green, Suzie Kuerschner MEd, Brian Lindstrom, John Mullin, Anne Larson, Emily Cooper JD, Ivanova Smith, Thaddeus Betz JD, Sgt. Amy King, Melissa Fisher, Bruce Miller MD.

2019 – Bob Joondeph JD, Sandra Luckow, Billy Williams JD, Kevin Rau, Janet L. Holland LCSW, Ellen Ganley, Karen Perdue, Emily Cooper JD, Kim Mosolf JD, Tina Bialas, MA QMHP, CADC III, Anne-Marie Bandfield MSW, Commander Tad Larson, Undersheriff Troy Clausen, Melissa Allison JD, Sarah Radcliffe JD, Professor Aliza Kaplan JD, Mike Marshall, Michelle R. Guyton PhD, ABPP, Alexander Millkey PsyD, Laurie Robertson, Jonathan Meyer JD, J.P. Anderson

2018 – Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, Judge Pat Wolke, Tamara Sale MA, Leticia Sainz LPC, Bob Joondeph JD, Sarah Radcliffe JD, Eric Martin MAC, CADC III, PRC, CPS, Joan Ayala MSW, Sean Syrek PSS, Edward Jones JD, Judge Heather Karabeika, Judge Cindee Matayas, Sid Moore JD, Rabbi Ariel Stone, Jo Ann Hardesty, Mark Schorr LPC, Cynthia Fowler MD, Jeffrey Howe JD, Mandy Davis LCSW, PhD, Natasha Tracy, Octavio Choi MD, PhD, Sheriff Mike Reese, Chief Deputy Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell, Chief Ron Louie MPA, Chief Pete Kerns, Brian Lindstrom

2017 – Elyn Saks PhD, JD, Libby Stuyt MD, Judge Juliet Britton, Stephanie Maya Lopez MD, Harris Matarazzo JD, Craig Johnson JD, Elena Balduzzi PsyD, Lynn Jones, Alex Bassos JD, Ashlee Albies JD, Kristen Chambers JD, Rev. Dr. T. Allen Bethel, Sheriff Jason Myers, Walt Beglau JD, Ann-Marie Banfield MSW, Judge Kathie Steele, Micky Logan JD, Sarah Radcliffe JD, Bob Joondeph JD, Meg Kaveny LCSW, Brenton Gicker EMT, RN, Juliana Wallace LCSW, Karen James, Chris Farentinos MD, MPH, Freda Ceaser, Janie Marsh, Johnnie Gage, Tonya Jones, Beckie Child, MSW, Doug Querin JD, LPC

Conference Sponsors and Partners for Spring 2022

Center on Behavioral Health and Justice Integration, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Underdog Law Office, Kaiser Permanente, Multnomah County, Molina Complete Care of Arizona, Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs, Multnomah County District Attorney, Oregon Council on Behavioral Health, Washington County Behavioral Health, Washington County District Attorney, Bridgeway Recovery Services, Clackamas County Behavioral Division

Conference Sponsors and Partners for 2021

Oregon Health Authority & the Oregon State Hospital, Multnomah County Behavioral Health Division, Kaiser Permanente, Ganapati Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Central City Concern, Providence Health & Services, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs, Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority, Bridgeway Recovery Services, Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center, Rainier Springs Hospital, Health Share of Oregon, Oregon Council for Behavioral Health, Mental Health & Addiction Certification Board of Oregon, Oregon Recovers, Oregon Department of Justice, Alcohol Policy Alliance

Conference Sponsors for 2020

Multnomah County and their Mental Health & Addictions Division, Oregon Health Authority – Oregon State Hospital, Psychiatric Security Review Board, Kaiser Permanente, Oregon Health Science University – Department of Psychiatry, Providence Health & Services, Association of Community Mental Health Providers, Bridgeway Recovery, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Central City Concern, Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division, Health Share of Oregon, Oregon Council for Behavioral Health, Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, Oregon Public Health Division, Washington County & Washington County District Attorney

Conference Sponsors for 2019
Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs, Bridgeway Recovery Services, CareOregon, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Cedar Hills Hospital, Central City Concern, Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division, Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office, Multnomah County Public Health Department & Mental Health & Addictions Service Division, Native American Rehabilitation Association NW, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon State Hospital, the Oregon Public Health Department, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Oregon Aging & People with Disabilities, Northwest Forensic Institute LLC, Psychiatric Security Review Board, Telecare, Washington County District Attorney’s Office.

Conference Sponsors for 2018
Cedar Hills Hospital, Psychiatric Security Review Board, Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs, Multnomah County Mental Health and Addiction Services Division (MHASD), Northwest Health Foundation, Columbia Community Mental Health, Mental Health Association of Portland, Central City Concern, Bridgeway Recovery Services, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division, Kaiser Permanente Behavioral Health Services, Oregon Public Health Division, Northwest Forensic Institute, LLC, Multnomah County District Attorney, Oregon Department of Human Services Aging and People with Disabilities, The Oregon Center on Behavioral Health and Justice Integration, Serenity Lane, Ainsworth United Church of Christ, Teras Intervention and Counseling, Sequoia Mental Health Services, Disability Rights Oregon, Mental Health Association of Oregon, Northwest Housing Alternatives, Unity Center and Legacy Health, Harris Matarazzo, JD, Philip Shapiro, MD, Clackamas County District Attorney, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Washington Count District Attorney

Conference Sponsors for 2017
American Psychiatric Nurses Association – Oregon Chapter, Association of Community Mental Health Programs, Cedar Hills Hospital, Central City Concern, Mental Health Association of Portland, Mid-Valley Behavioral Care Network, Multnomah County District Attorney, Multnomah County Mental Health & Addiction Services Division, NW Forensic Institute, LLC, Oregon DHS – Seniors and People with Disabilities, OHSU Department of Psychiatry, Providence Health, Psychiatric Security Review Board, Unity Center for Behavioral Health