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Mental Health Law - California Western
Mental Health Law

Library Research Guide
Series #2
Compiled by
Bobbi A. Weaver
Reference Librarian
California Western School of Law
Rev. Oct. 2006

SCOPE: This research guide is not all-inclusive. It does, however, present resources available at the CWSL library and online regarding the relationship between law and psychology.

It is designed to provide the researcher with guidance as to the location of materials dealing with this subject. Access to Lexis, Westlaw, and the Internet is limited to students and faculty at CWSL.

We welcome suggestions for improvements to this and other research guides. Please consult the Reference Librarian with suggestions and further research questions. This research guide was originally compiled December 1997.


Table of Contents

Getting Started

In order to find resources concerning mental health law, you may want to search a variety of resources, including the KIM library catalog and one or more of the periodical indexes listed below. Some of the subject or search terms you might want to try are:

  • Mental Health Laws

  • Psychiatry

  • Psychology

  • Forensic Psychiatry

  • Forensic Psychology

  • Criminal Psychology

  • Crime: Psychological Aspects

  • Insanity Jurisprudence

Legal periodical indexes are useful for finding law review and journal articles about particular legal subjects. Most of California Western’s law journals are arranged in alphabetical order by title in the PERIODICALS section on the third floor of the library.


A. Online Periodical Indexes

Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP)
Weekly index to over 500 major U.S. legal periodicals with links to the full text through Westlaw and Lexis (Westlaw and Lexis passwords required).

HeinOnline Periodicals
Image-based collection of law journals, many from date of inception to present. Also, pre-1981 Federal Register, treaties from 1776 and U.S. Supreme Court from 1754. Author, title and full text of articles are searchable.

Index to Legal Periodical & Books
Searchable database and indexing service of the abstracts of law-related articles. Link to a list of databases where the full text of each article is available. Updated daily. Check "Legal Periodicals and Books" to search 1982-present, and "Legal Periodicals Retro" to search 1918-1981.

LegalTrac Periodical Index
Searchable database and index of abstracts of U.S. legal periodical and newspaper articles from 1980 to present. Full text of some articles is available.

Lexis-Nexis
Includes a searchable database of hundreds of U.S. and Canadian law reviews and journals, from 1982 to the present. Full text of all articles available. Note: Lexis password required.

Westlaw
Includes a searchable database of selected documents from hundreds of U.S. law reviews, journals, CLE publications and bar journals. Full coverage for the entire run of some journals, and coverage starting in 1994 for others. Full text of all articles included in the database available. Note: Westlaw password required.


B. Indexes In Print

Name Coverage Location
Current Law Index 1980+ Reference
Index to Legal Periodicals and Books 1700's+ Reference
Index to Periodical Articles Related to Law 1958+ Reference
Law Books in Review 1974+ Reference
Index to California Legal Periodicals and Documents 1964-79 Third Floor; KFC 1 .C12
All CAL Index to Law Reviews and Legal Periodicals 1963-78 Third Floor; KF 8 .G66


Texts and Looseleafs

  • Alexander, George J., and Alan W. Scheflin. Law and mental disorder. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, c1998.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF3828 .A935 1998

  • Andrews, D.A. and James Bonta. The psychology of criminal conduct. Cincinnati, OH : Anderson Pub. Co., c1998.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: HV6080 .A667 1998

  • Arrigo, Bruce A., ed. Psychological jurisprudence : critical explorations in law, crime, and society. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2004.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: K2289 .P79 2004

  • Arrigo, Bruce A. Punishing the mentally ill: a critical analysis of law and psychiatry. Albany: State University of New York Press, c2002
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF480 .A973 2002

  • Behnke, Stephen H., et al. The essentials of California mental health law: a straightforward guide for clinicians of all disciplines, 1st ed. New York : W.W. Norton, c1998.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KFC620 .B44 1998

  • Ben-Porath, Yossef S., et al., eds. Forensic applications of the MMPI-2.Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 1995.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF8965 .F67

  • Blinder, Martin. Psychiatry in the everyday practice: a lawyer’s manual for case preparation and trial. Eagan, MN: West, c2005.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: RA1151 .B55 2005

  • Bonnie, Richard J., and John Monahan, eds. Mental disorder, work disability, and the law. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF3469 .M46

  • Bonnie, Richard J., and Lynda E. Frost, eds. The evolution of mental health law. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2001.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF3828 .E94 2001

  • Bottoms, Bette L., and Gail S. Goodman, eds. International perspectives on child abuse and children's testimony: psychological research and law. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, c1996.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO: K5189 .I58

  • Brewer, Neil and Kipling D. Williams, eds. Psychology and law : an empirical perspective. New York : Guilford Press, c2005.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: RA1148 .P78 2005

  • Brown, Daniel P., et al. Memory, trauma treatment, and the law. New York: W.W. Norton, c1998.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF9323 .B76 1998

  • Cantor, Norman L. Making medical decisions for the profoundly mentally disabled. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2005.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL No.: KF480 .C36 2005

  • Caudill, O. Brandt, and Kenneth S. Pope. Law & mental health professionals: California, 1st ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, c1995.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KFC546.P7 C38

  • Cohen, Fred. The mentally disordered inmate and the law. Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute, c1998.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF9242 .C63 1998

  • Cutler, Brian L., and Steven D. Penrod. Mistaken identification: the eyewitness, psychology, and the law. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF9672 .C87

  • Dennis, Deborah L., and John Monahan, eds. Coercion and aggressive community treatment: a new frontier in mental health law. New York: Plenum Press, c1996.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO: RA790 .C67

  • Derdeyn, Andre P., et al. Mental health aspects of custody law : National Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Child Custody Law. Durham, N.C. : Carolina Academic Press, c2005.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF547 .M46 2005

  • Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-IV-TR, 4th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association, c2000.
    LOCATION: Reserve
    CALL NO: RC455.2.C4 D52 2000

  • Diesfeld, Kate and Ian Freckelton, eds. Involuntary detention and therapeutic jurisprudence : international perspectives on civil commitment. Aldershot, Hampshire ; Burlington : Ashgate, c2003.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: K640 .I58 2003

  • Doris, John, ed. The suggestibility of children's recollections Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 1991.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF9672.A75 S84

  • Ewing, Charles Patrick and Joseph T. McCann. Minds on trial: great cases in law and psychology. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF8965.A7 E95 2006

  • Frost, Lynda E. and Richard J. Bonnie, eds. The evolution of mental health law. Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, c2001.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF3828 .E94 2001

  • Hermann, Donald H. J. Mental health and disability law in a nutshell. St. Paul, Minn.: West Pub. Co., 1997.
    LOCATION: Reserve
    CALL NO: KF3828.Z9 H47

  • Kapardis, Andreas. Psychology and law : a critical introduction. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: K487.P75 K36 2003

  • Koch, William J., et al. Psychological injuries : forensic assessment, treatment, and law. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF1264 .P79 2006

  • Levine, Murray and Leah Wallach. Psychological problems, social issues, and law. Boston : Allyn and Bacon, c2002.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF8965 .L48 2002

  • Madden, Robert G. Legal issues in social work, counseling, and mental health: guidelines for clinical practice in psychotherapy. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, c1998.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF2910.P75 M33 1998

  • Mancuso, Laura L. Case studies on reasonable accommodations for workers with psychiatric disabilities. Sacramento, CA (1600 9th St., Room 120, Sacramento 95814): Available from California Dept. of Mental Health, [1993]
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF3469 .M36

  • Melton, Gary B., et al. No place to go: the civil commitment of minors. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, c1998.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF3828 .M434 1998

  • Meyer, Robert G., Christopher M. Weaver. Law and mental health : a case-based approach. New York : Guilford Press, c2006.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF480.A7 M49 2006

  • Mitchell, Edward W. Self-made madness : rethinking illness and criminal responsibility. Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2003.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: RA1151 .M527 2003

  • Morris, Roberta A., et al. Doing legal research : a guide for social scientists and mental health professionals. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, c1997.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF240 .M67

  • Mullany, Nicholas J., and Peter R. Handford. Tort liability for psychiatric damage: the law of "nervous shock". Sydney: Law Book Co., 1993.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO: KU940 .M85 1993

  • Nurcombe, Barry, and David F. Partlett. Child mental health and the law. New York: Free Press; Toronto: Maxwell Macmillan Canada; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1994.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF3828 .N87

  • Parry, John W., and American Bar Association, Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law, eds. Mental disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act, 2nd ed. Washington, DC: The Commission, c1997.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF337.5.M46 P37 1997

  • Parry, John, Eric Y. Drogin. Criminal law handbook on psychiatric and psychological evidence and testimony. Washington, DC : American Bar Association, Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law, c2000
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF9674 .P37 2000

  • Parry, John W. National benchbook on psychiatric and psychological evidence and testimony. Washington, D.C.: American Bar Association, Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law, c1998.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF8965 .P37 1998

  • Perlin, Michael L. Mental disability law: civil and criminal, 2nd ed. Charlottesville, Va.: LEXIS Law Pub., c1998-
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF480 .P47 1998

  • Pope, Kenneth S., James N. Butcher, Joyce Seelen. The MMPI, MMPI-2 & MMPI-A in court : a practical guide for expert witnesses and attorneys. Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, c2000.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF8965 .P66 2000

  • Sales, Bruce D., and Saleem A. Shah, eds. Mental health and law: research, policy, and services Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, c1996.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF3828 .M46

  • Sales, Bruce D. and Daniel W. Shuman. Experts in court : reconciling law, science, and professional knowledge. Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, c2005.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF8965 .S25 2005

  • Simon, Robert I., Liza H. Gold, eds. The American Psychiatric Publishing textbook of forensic psychiatry. Washington, DC : American Psychiatric Pub., c2004.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: RA1151 .A47 2004

  • Simon, Robert I. and Daniel W. Shuman, eds. Retrospective assessment of mental states in litigation : predicting the past. Washington, DC : American Psychiatric Pub., c2002.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: RA1151 .R445 2002

  • Slobogin, Christopher. Minding justice : laws that deprive people with mental disability of life and liberty. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2006.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF480 .S545 2006

  • Slovenko, Ralph. Psychiatry in law/law in psychiatry. New York : Brunner-Routledge, 2002.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF8965 .S59 2002

  • Smith, Steven R., and Robert G. Meyer. Law, behavior, and mental health: policy and practice. New York: New York University Press, c1987.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF2910.P75 S46

  • Sparta, Steven N. and Gerald P. Koocher, eds. Forensic mental health assessment of children and adolescents. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: RJ503.5 .F67 2006

  • Spring, Raymond L., et al. Patients, psychiatrists, and lawyers: law and the mental health system, 2nd ed. Cincinnati: Anderson Pub. Co., 1997.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF3828 .S68 1997

  • Van Dorsten, Brent, ed. Forensic psychology : from classroom to courtroom. New York : Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, c2002.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: RA1148 .F558 2002

  • Waites, Richard C. Courtroom psychology and trial advocacy. New York : ALM Pub., 2003.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF8915 .W355 2003

  • Wexler, David B., and Bruce J. Winick. Essays in therapeutic jurisprudence. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, c1991.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF3828 .W485 1991

  • Wexler, David B., and Bruce J. Winick, eds. Law in a therapeutic key: developments in therapeutic jurisprudence. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, c1996.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO: K487.P75 L385

  • Williams, Christopher R., and Bruce A. Arrigo. Law, psychology and justice: the new (dis)order. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: K5027 .W55 2002

  • Winick, Bruce J. The right to refuse mental health treatment. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, c1997.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF3828 .W57

  • Winick, Bruce J. Therapeutic jurisprudence applied: essays on mental health law. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, c1997.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF3828 .W58

  • Zuckerman, Deborah, et al. The ADA and people with mental illness: a resource manual for employers. Washington, D.C.: American Bar Association ; Alexandria, Va.: National Mental Health Association, c1993.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO: KF3469 .A32


Periodicals

  • American journal of forensic psychiatry. Chicago: R. Shlensky.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO: RA1151 .A45

  • American journal of forensic psychology. Laguna Hills, Calif. : s.n., c1983-
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO: RA1148 .A43

  • American journal of psychiatry. Washington: American Psychiatric Association.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO: RC321 .A52

  • Behavioral sciences & the law. New York, N.Y.: Van Nostrand Reinhold, c1983-
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor-Periodicals

  • International journal of law and psychiatry. New York: Pergamon Press.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor-Periodicals

  • Journal of psychiatry & law. New York : Federal Legal Publications.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor-Periodicals

  • Journal of social issues. New York: Published by Plenum for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO: HN51 .J6
    And online at http://kim.cwsl.edu/record=b1179394

  • Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Bloomfield, CT: The Academy.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO: RA1151 .J68

  • Law and human behavior. [New York : Plenum Pub. Corp.], 1977-
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor-Periodicals

  • Psychology, public policy, and law: an official law review of the University of Arizona College of Law and the University of Miami School of Law. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, c1995-
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor-Periodicals


Internet Resources

NOTE: Internet site addresses change frequently. Accordingly, some of these sites may no longer exist under the addresses provided. To locate changed addresses, search for the page title using an Internet search engine such as Google (google.com).


General
  • The Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, University of Virginia
    http://www.ilppp.virginia.edu/
    This site has links to research and publications dealing with mental health law issues, and to related sites such as professional associations and research institutes.

  • Forensic Psychiatry Resources, compiled by Myron Pulier, M.D.
    http://www.umdnj.edu/psyevnts/forensic.html
    This web site includes links to various resources relevant to forensic psychiatry/psychology.


Legal Associations
  • ABA [American Bar Association] Network
    http://www.abanet.org
    Although this web page deals with legal issues in general, it comes equipped with its own search engine. Click on "Public Information" to access the search engine. By entering search phrases relevant to mental health law, a researcher can find articles on law and psychology issues.

  • The State Bar of California
    http://www.calbar.ca.gov
    Again, this page deals with general legal issues, but is equipped with its own search engine by which the researcher can search by concept or keyword.


Mental Health Professional Associations
  • American Psychiatric Association
    http://www.psych.org/
    This association's web site provides links to information on public policy advocacy, a site index, and a site-specific search engine. As on other web sites with their own search engines, a researcher can enter relevant terms to find items on mental health law.

  • California Psychiatric Association
    http://www.calpsych.org/
    This web site features links to current legislative information and district branches of the California Psychiatric Association.

  • American Psychological Association
    http://www.apa.org/
    This home page allows the researcher to search for specific topics by concept or keyword.


Advocacy Groups
  • National Mental Health Association
    http://www.nmha.org/
    This home page features an "Advocacy" button. By clicking on it, the researcher will elicit further links to current articles on mental health law and policy. This page also provides a link to contact information for local affiliate organizations.

  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
    http://www.nami.org
    This organization does advocacy on behalf of the mentally ill and their families. Its web site has a search engine.


Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw

These resources are available to CWSL students and faculty. Both services are quite extensive, but a few databases and files are especially relevant to mental health and the law, and have been noted below.

Please consult the print or online directories for these services (print directories are available at the Reference Desk) for more complete information regarding coverage. If you have questions about accessing these services, please see a Reference Librarian


A. Lexis:

Materials relevant to mental health law can be found in the files “Reference -- Medical,” “Secondary Legal – Law Reviews and Journals” and “Area of Law by Topic – Medical.”

Relevant databases (some found in more than one of these files) include—

  1. EMBASE references

  2. MEDLINE references

  3. New England Journal of Medicine

  4. American Journal of Psychiatry

  5. American Journal of Psychology

  6. Law and Psychology Review

  7. Psychology, Public Policy, and the Law

  8. Psychology Today


B. Westlaw:

Books, periodicals and other publication databases containing information about mental health law issues are scattered throughout Westlaw, but are most likely to be found in the files “Treatises, CLEs, Practice Guides” and “Legal Periodicals and Current Awareness,” located in the Westlaw Directory.

You can then search either of these files for useful publications using one of the search terms suggested above, such as “Mental Health” or “Forensic Psychology.” This should produce a selection of periodicals and treatises which may contain information about that topic. You can search up to ten databases at one time.

Relevant databases you might use include—

  1. EMBASE databases

  2. MEDLINE databases

  3. New England Journal of Medicine

  4. American Journal of Psychology

  5. Behavioral Health Management

  6. Behavioral Health Treatment

  7. Mental Health Abstracts

  8. Mental and Physical Disability Reporter

  9. Psychology, Public Policy, and the Law

  10. Psychology Today