'Misguided and Misdiagnosed: Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System'

Friday, February 9, 2018 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm

Hillman Hall, Clark-Fox Forum, Washington University in St. Louis

Professor Sue McGraugh is a panelist at this event that is sponsored in part by Saint Louis University School of Law, along with the Clark-Fox Policy Institute, Washington University in St. Louis; the Brown School, WashU; and Provident, Inc.

Description: On any given day in the United States, between 300,000 and 400,000 people with mental illnesses are incarcerated in jails and prisons. All too often people with untreated mental health disorders find themselves involved in the criminal justice system and subject to misguided policies and services that further compound the challenges they face.

Journalist Pete Earley, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness, is all too familiar with these challenges. As the keynote speaker for this event, Earley will discuss his son’s battle with bipolar disorder and how the criminal justice system deals with the mentally ill through incarceration, not treatment. Following Earley, a panel will explore policy changes for improved access to and treatment of mental health illnesses, particularly in the context of the criminal justice system.

This event is free and open to the public, but seats are limited. Please register in advance.

Panel Speakers:
Susan W. McGraugh, professor, Saint Louis University School of Law
David M. Montani, psychiatrist, Clayton Behavioral
Karl Wilson, former CEO of Crider Health Center
Moderated by: Sean Joe, associate dean for faculty & research and the Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis


Susan W. McGraugh