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Saks Institute Symposium 2013
Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics

"Criminalization of Mental Illness"

Thursday, April 11, 2013
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday's session will be held at the USC Radisson Grand Ballroom
3540 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Friday, April 12, 2013
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday's session will be held at the USC Law Faculty Lounge (Room 433)
USC Gould School of Law
University of Southern California
699 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90089

If you wish to attend, RSVP to
For more information, please call Christopher Schnieders at (213) 740-5714

USC Gould School of Law, a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider, certifies that this activity qualifies for minimum continuing legal education credit in the amount of 5.75 hours.

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - Morning Session



9:00-9:15 am

Opening remarks by Elyn Saks
Director of the Saks Institute and USC Law Professor
Media: Video


Moderator: Maureen Harrington
Harrington Media

9:15-9:55 am

Marvin Southard, D.S.W.
Director, County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health
Correcting Category Errors: A Foundation for Strategies for Decriminalizing Mental Illness
Media: Video

10:00 -10:40 am

David Meyer, J.D.
Clinical Professor/Research Scholar
USC Institute of Psychiatry, Law, and Behavioral Science
Collaborative and Problem-Solving Mental Health Courts:
An Adjustment to Justice-Making.

Media: Video | PowerPoint

10:45-11:25 am

Henry J. Steadman, Ph.D
President of Policy Research Associates
Reducing the Involvement of Persons with Mental Illness and Co-Occurring Disorder in the Criminal Justice System Through Jail Diversion Programs
Media: Video | PowerPoint

11:30-12:10 pm

Stephen Mayberg, Ph.D.
Director (Ret.) California Department of Mental Health
Policy, Practice and Perception: Implications in the Criminalization of the Mentally Ill
Media: Video | PowerPoint

12:15-1:15 pm


Thursday, April 11, 2013 - Afternoon Session



1:15-1:55 pm

Jennifer Skeem, Ph.D.
UC Irvine, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior Professor of Criminology,
Law and Society
Reducing the risk of recidivism for offenders with mental illness: What really works?
Media: Video | PDF

2:00-2:40 pm

Linda A. Teplin, Ph.D
Northwestern University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences & Feinberg School of Medicine
Psychiatric Disorders in youth in detention...and after: Implications for the Criminalization Hypothesis
Media: Video

2:45-3:00 pm


3:00-3:40 pm

Paul Freese, J.D.
Vice President of Public Counsel Law Center
The emergence of the therapeutic and collaborative justice models to help liberate justice involved youth with trauma and mental instability or addictive disorders
Media: Video

Anna Yee, LCSW, SPSW
Juvenile Court Consultant
Update on New Paths in Juvenile Justice and Mental Illness
Media: Video | PowerPoint


Ralph Aquila, M.D.
Fountain House Medical Advisory Board, Psychiatrist, New York City
Fountain House and the Baer Center: AKA community helping persons staying out of jail
Media: Video | PowerPoint

4:30 pm


Friday, April 12, 2013 - Morning Session



9:00-9:10 am

Opening remarks by Elyn Saks
Director of the Saks Institute and USC Law professor>
Media: Video

9:10-9:40 am

Andy Behrman
Advocate/Author, Los Angeles
How the Criminal Justice System Failed during My Battle with Mental Illness
Media: Video


Barry Perrou, Ph.D
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Mental Health Services (Ret.)
Point of Contact...Point of Entry.
Media: Video | PowerPoint

10:30-11:10 am

Hon. Judge Steven Leifman
Miami-Dade County Court Criminal Division
Transforming Mental Health Systems: Constructing A Comprehensive and Competent Criminal Justice/Mental Health/Substance Abuse Treatment System
Media: Video

11:15-11:30 am



Keynote Speaker

11:30am-12:15 pm

Richard Bonnie, LL.B.
University of Virginia Professor of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy and Chair, Virginia Commission on Mental Health Law Reform
Mental Health Law Reform in the Shadow of Tragedy: Is it Possible to Control the Message?"
Media: Video

12:30 -1:30pm


Friday, April 12, 2013 - Afternoon Session



1:30-2:10 pm

Marvin Swartz, M.D.
Duke University, Division Head, Social and Community Psychiatry
Assisted Outpatient Treatment: Can it Reduce Criminalization of Persons with Severe Mental Illness?"
Media: Video | PDF


Richard Lamb, M.D.
Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Keck School of Medicine of USC
Decarceration of Our Jails and Prisons: What Will the Mental Health System Do?"
Media: Video

3:00 pm




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