Category Archives: Legal

New Editorial: The Sandy Hook Slaughter: What Needs Studying?

In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, the nation is frenzied about this heinous slaughter of innocents. Everyone is demanding answers. “More gun control!”  “More background checks!”  “More screening of the mentally ill!” If the media’s response is a … Continue reading

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THE WORST NIGHTMARE OF EVERY PARENT IN THE MAELSTROM

Kelly Thomas is my son. He is a son for all families with loved ones caught in the maw of mental illness. Last July in Fullerton, CA, police assaulted, beat, and tazed Thomas, a 37 year old homeless man with … Continue reading

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New Article: Up To One In Four Incarcerations Should Be Prevented

The scandal of preventable incarceration of individuals with psychiatric disabilities continues to careen of out of control. The American Psychiatric Association estimates that 20% of all prisoners, about 550,000 individuals suffer from a severe mental illness. With the number of … Continue reading

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New Article: Civil Commitment–The American Experience

A current case on which PyschOdyssey is working involves involuntary civil commitment, which is also the subject of a PsychOdyssey Academy course. Our research has come across a helpful survey article by Stuart A. Anfang and Paul S. Appelbaum about … Continue reading

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New PsychOdyssey TV Program on Family Advocacy

  Sally Osmer, mental health social worker and Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mercer County, NJ Chapter, one of the most active NAMI chapters in New Jersey, talks with Tom Pyle of PsychOdysey TV about family … Continue reading

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PsychOdyssey White Paper on Outpatient Commitment

PsychOdyssey Academy adds a new resource for its PsychOdyssey 350: Compulsory Treatment course. “Outpatient Commitment: A Philosophical Dilemma for Families” is a short academic paper prepared by PsychOdyssey founder Tom Pyle for his own graduate work in Psychiatric Rehabilitation at University … Continue reading

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PsychOdyssey TV Debuts

PsychOdyssey TV today deubts as a 30 minute talk-and-teach program featuring interviews with experts and others helping families navigate the maelstrom of mental illness. Our first program, talking about Family Support, showcases Amandalynn Salzman, MSW, director of the Intensive Family … Continue reading

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