I just lost a mental commitment hearing (no they are not coming to take ME away). However, I think my case is ready for appeal. And I wanted to thank Alex Bassos and Dr. Keith Linn for doing amazing work on the Mental Health and Criminal Defense manual for the OCDLA. The Civil Commitment chapter made my case what I will believe to be the first act of reversible error for our new judge.

—Rob Raschio, OCDLA Past President

Mental Health and Criminal Defense (2010)

Written by Alexander Bassos, JD with contributions by Keith I. Linn, PsyD.

In Mental Health & Criminal Defense, Alex Bassos, JD, expertly analyzes every aspect of a criminal case involving clients with mental health or cognitive issues and challenges attorneys to "push back against the state's attempts to punish a person for having a mental illness."

From reminding us that "diminished capacity" doesn't appear in the Oregon Revised Statutes to exhorting us to hold the state to its burden of proving the mental state of the charged crime, from the how-tos of civil commitment including the mental health exam, to the defense of GEI, Bassos delivers compelling arguments on every page. Included are impeccable chapters on dangerousness and crossing the mental health expert, as well as a thorough glossary and a chapter covering everything you need to know about clinical assessment and testing. 

A tour de force, with major contributions by Keith I. Linn, PsyD.

Table of Contents
Acknowledgments/Prologue
A Systematic Approach
Fitness to Proceed
Disordered Mental State
Guilty Except for Insanity
Civil Commitment
Dangerousness
Crossing the Mental Health Expert
Clinical Assessment and Testing

Binding: Three-ring binder with mylar reinforced tabs
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Read an excerpt from the prologue — “A Survivor’s Story.”

Hardcopy Includes:
• color, laminated Mental Health Sheet
• 3-ring binder
• cover and spine
• set of 10 mylar-reinforced, chapter-divider tabs


PDF Download Features:
• less expensive
• Mental Health Sheet as part of PDF
• searchability
• thorough bookmarks
• cover and spine