Mental-Health Law - Innovations in Education and Representation

Diesfeld, K. (1994) Mental-Health Law - Innovations in Education and Representation. Disability & Society, 9 (3). pp. 375-382. ISSN 0968-7599. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687599466780401

Abstract

What do we know about the lives of people with learning difficulties? What do we know about the lives of people who have used mental health services? People require legal representation to obtain access to the basics of life. Legal representation for people with mental disabilities or learning difficulties also provides a forum for client empowerment. Legal representation has historically been dominated by professionals trained in traditional methods. A mental health law clinic, based upon consumer objectives, provides an opportunity to apply critical legal theory to the practice of law. Legal and citizen advocacy are combined to provide maximum participation in obtaining results. In this article, the author traces the development of a mental health law clinic by documenting the value of clinical legal education and the necessity of commitment to consumer-centred representation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: P. Ogbuji
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2009 18:11
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2009 18:11
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/20165 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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