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Clinical Programs

Law and Psychiatry at Yale has long supported the need to provide clinical services to individuals caught up in the criminal justice system. For most public psychiatric facilities, over 50% of the clients are involved in the criminal justice system. The Division has been very involved with developing adequate dispositions for insanity acquitees and patients hospitalized for restoration of competency. Clinical issues that the Division wrestles with include how best to help clients deal with legal problems, what principles will best guide the interface between clinical and legal domains and what skills and interventions are necessary to navigate the new terrain. Other issues include developing guidelines for clients who are mandated for treatment, diverted from jail, or evaluated to answer a legal question. A listing of the current clinical programs for Law and Psychiatry at Yale follow: