Publications/Policy & Practice

The ILPPP publishes the newsletter Developments in Mental Health Law periodically throughout the year and its faculty publish frequently in scholarly and professional journals. In addition, ILPPP faculty often participate on policymaking bodies at the request of government agencies, foundations or other entities and contribute to policy reports, statutes and regulations. Pdf documents can be accessed by clicking publication or report names found by clicking on the “ILPPP Publications” and “Policy & Practice” tabs below.

To commission a report to a government agency engaged in formulating state policy, please contact ILPPP Director Richard Bonnie rbonnie@virginia.edu

1 Continuing Education for ILPPP Programs July 2017-June 2018


Complete overview of Continuing Education for test-example program – July 1 2017 - for accreditation review purposes

Complete overview of Continuing Education for test-example program – July 1 2017 - for accreditation review purposes

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Advance Directives in Mental Health Care


Virginia-specific Advance Healthcare Directives website

The Virginia Advance Healthcare Directives website provides Virginia-specific information regarding the use of Advance Directives, including for mental health treatment. Valuable resources for individuals, families, professionals, and agencies are available, including copies of Advance Directive forms.

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Advance Directives in Mental Health Care


Virginia Health Care Decisions Act Statute

A link to the HCDA on the Virginia General Assembly's online Legislative Information System.

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Advance Directives in Mental Health Care


Overview of Research and Implementation in Virginia

An overview of the research and implementation projects underway in Virginia.

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Advance Directives in Mental Health Care


National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives

The NRC-PAD website provides a variety of information to patients and consumers, health and legal professionals, and family members and friends. State-by-state information is available, as are educational webcasts, current research, and more.

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Advance Directives in Mental Health Care


Facilitating Advance Directives

Link to empirical study of facilitating Advance Directives.

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Advance Directives in Mental Health Care


ADs Research Presentation

A presentation summarizing relevant research, given as part of a workshop at the May 2013 VACSB conference.

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Advance Directives in Mental Health Care


ADs Presentation to Consumers

A presentation given at the 2013 Virginia Organization of Consumers Asserting Leadership (VOCAL) conference.

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Advance Directives in Mental Health Care


ADs and Empowerment Presentation

Advance Directives in Health Care: New Opportunities for Empowerment, powerpoint presentation by Richard J. Bonnie

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Forensic Evaluation Information System


Forensic Checklists for Evaluators

Forensic Checklist for Adults Form

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Forensic Evaluation Information System


Forensic Checklists For Evaluators

Forensic Checklist for Juveniles Form

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Juvenile Restoration


Community-Based Restoration Services for Juveniles

The VA Juvenile Competency and Restoration Services program is a collaborative project developed by UVa in partnership with the VA Dept. of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services through funding provided by the VA Dept. of Criminal Justice Services. The goal is to provide services to incompetent youth in an effort to remediate their ability to consult with their attorneys and to attain a rational as well as factual understanding of the court proceedings in which they will be involved.

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Mandated Community Treatment


MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mandated Community Treatment

Study description and publications

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VA CSB Evaluations Reports


Study of Emergency Evaluations of Veterans

October, 2014 Report: "A Study of Face-to-Face Emergency Evaluations of Veterans Conducted by Community Services Boards in April 2013" funded by the VA Dept. of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services, in collaboration with the VA Association of Community Services Boards.

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VA CSB Evaluations Reports


Comparison of Emergency Evaluations of Veterans and Non-Veterans

October, 2014 Report: "A Comparison of Face-to-Face Emergency Evaluations of Veterans and Non-Veterans Conducted by Community Services Boards in April 2013" funded by the VA Dept. of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services, in collaboration with the VA Association of Community Services Boards.

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VA CSB Evaluations Reports


Comparison of Emergency Evaluations Conducted 6/2007 & 4/2013

September, 2014 Report: "Comparison of Face-to-Face Emergency Evaluations Conducted by Community Services Boards in June 2007 and April 2013" Funded by VA Dept of Behavioral Health & Developmental Svcs, in collaboration with VA Assoc of Community Services Boards

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Virginia College Mental Health Study


Report on the Virginia College Mental Health Survey

The Joint Commission on Health Care of the Virginia General Assembly, in coordination with The Commission on Mental Health Law Reform, conducted a survey to gather comprehensive empirical information from colleges in Virginia regarding the adequacy of students' access to mental health services and the ways in which colleges respond to students' mental health crises.

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Virginia College Mental Health Study


November 2011 Summary of Recommendations

Submitted to the Joint Commission on Health Care, General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia

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Virginia College Mental Health Study


November 2011 Final Report

Prepared for the Joint Commission on Health Care, General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Virginia College Mental Health Study


November 2011 Executive Summary

Based on national data as well as the data available in Virginia, it is likely that at least 46,000 of Virginia's college students are experiencing significant mental health concerns and are in need of psychological assistance at any given time.

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Virginia College Mental Health Study


Nov. 22, 2011 Report Submission to the General Assembly of Virginia

Statement of Richard J. Bonnie accompanying submission of the Virginia College Mental Health Study to the Joint Commission on Health Care, General Assembly of Virginia

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Virginia College Mental Health Study


Key Findings from the Virginia College Mental Health Survey

Statement to the Virginia General Assembly's Behavioral Health Subcommittee of the Joint Commission on Health Care regarding the study of mental health issues in the Commonwealth's colleges and universities.

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Virginia Mental Health Law Reform


Virginia Commission on Mental Health Law Reform

Overview, Fact Sheet, Goals, Presentations

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Virginia Mental Health Law Reform


Virginia Civil Commitment Hearings

Report of District Court Variations, FY 11

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Virginia Mental Health Law Reform


VA Civil Commitment Hearings

Report of District Court Variations, FY 2012

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Virginia Mental Health Law Reform


Study of Emergency Evaluations Conducted by Emergency Services Personnel in Community Services Boards, June 2007

Main report from the 2007 study of emergency evaluations conducted by Community Services Boards staff in June 2007.

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Virginia Mental Health Law Reform


Operation of the Civil Commitment Process for Adults, Summary Report, Data from FY 2015

Annual Statistical Report: Adult Civil Commitment Proceedings in Virginia, FY 2015. The report is published by Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, and has been funded by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services in cooperation with the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia. For citation the report's authors are AA Allen and JK Bonnie (December 2015).

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Virginia Mental Health Law Reform


Operation of the Civil Commitment Process

Summary Report, Data from FY 2013-FY 2014

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Virginia Mental Health Law Reform


Operation of the Civil Commitment Process

Summary Report, Data from FY 11

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Virginia Mental Health Law Reform


Emergency Evaluations Report, Dec. 2013

"A Study of Face-to-Face Emergency Evaluations of Adults in April 2013: Variations Across Regions and CSBs." By University of Virginia Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, VA Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and VA Association of Community Services Boards, Inc.

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Virginia Mental Health Law Reform


Emergency Evaluations Conducted by CSBs Report

"A Study of Face-to-Face Emergency Evaluations Conducted by Community Services Boards in April 2013." By University of Virginia Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, VA Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and VA Association of Community Services Boards, Inc.

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