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LIVE: Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms and the Impact on Mental Disability Law

September 26, 2024  |  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific

Presented By Heather Ellis Cucolo, JD | Michael Perlin, JD
Heather Ellis Cucolo, JD Michael Perlin, JD

September 26, 2024
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific

1.5 Hours | 1.5 CEs

Live Program via Zoom

Michael Perlin, JD and Heather Ellis Cucolo, JD present a live virtual professional training program on Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms and the Impact on Mental Disability Law in partnership with the Mental Disability Law and Policy Associates, LLC.

In this training, we will explore – we believe for the first time ever anywhere – the potential implications of AI for mental disability law decision-making in the areas of (1) civil commitment law, (2) retention and recommitment law, and (3) refusal of involuntary treatment law, predominantly as it relates to the question of diagnosis and right to refuse medication.

We will introduce the basics of artificial intelligence and highlight the ongoing debate about the value (and morality) of using AI in the law. There has been much written about the use of AI in healthcare, such as the use of therapeutic chatbots (AI therapists) who can provide support and advice to individuals seeking help for mental health issues and integrated wearables, which can interpret bodily signals using sensors and offer human assistance when needed. However, the legal literature has remained silent on the impact of AI in mental health law decision-making, notwithstanding the considerable attention paid to the predicate question: what is the potential impact of AI on the diagnosis of mental illness?

To analyze this question, we will explore how legal debates have focused on emerging AI technology using risk assessment tools (primarily in the criminal justice system decision-making process). We will discuss the concerns surrounding the human-computer interface, specifically how humans collect and feed information into the tools and how humans interpret and evaluate the information that the tools generate. We will briefly identify and cover the legal implications, including but not limited to data privacy, algorithmic bias, and professional liability.

We will then consider the legal pitfalls of relying on risk assessment tools in the assessment of persons with a mental disability and discuss the concerns over using AI in the courtroom- specifically on the questions of prediction of dangerousness and accuracy in diagnosis. We will investigate and theorize how all of this relates to the disposition of commitment cases, periodic review cases, and cases about a patient’s right to refuse treatment. Finally, we will conclude with a consideration of the therapeutic jurisprudence implications of using AI in this area. There has been extensive therapeutic jurisprudence literature on all aspects of substantive mental disability law, but none of this has yet focused on the potential role of AI in the decision-making in question.

This training is intended for Individuals involved at any level of the mental disability law decision-making process, including those who serve as expert witnesses in the cases mentioned above (both hospital employees and those who work with patients’ rights/advocacy groups), and persons who regularly use risk assessment with similar populations.

Training Outline:

  1. Meaning of AI
  2. How AI has been used in legal decision-making in other areas involving persons with a mental disability.
  3. Significance of use of AI and algorithms related to mental disability law decision-making
  4. a. Risk assessment
    b. Diagnosis
    c. Preventative care
  5. How this all relates to:
  6. a. Civil commitment trials
    b. Periodic review hearings
    c. Refusal of medication hearings
  7. Application of therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) to the questions raised.
  8. Conclusion

Intended Audience

This live program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

Experience Level

This live program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Presented By

Heather Ellis Cucolo, JD

Heather Ellis Cucolo is a Distinguished Adjunct professor of law and the facilitator of the joint JD/MA program with John Jay College of Criminal Justice, at New York Law School (NYLS). She is also an adjunct professor in the JM Program at Emory University School of Law, and a Fellowship faculty mem...

Presented By

Michael Perlin, JD

Michael L. Perlin is Professor of Law Emeritus at New York Law School (NYLS), founding director of NYLS’s Online Mental Disability Law Program, and founding director of NYLS’s International Mental Disability Law Reform Project in its Justice Action Center. He is also the co-founder of Mental Di...

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe the potential impact of AI on mental disability law (focusing primarily on civil commitment, periodic review, and the right to refuse treatment)

Describe the role of AI in risk assessment and diagnostic evaluations and how AI is used to create algorithms employed in such cases

Describe an introduction to the use of AI in criminal law for persons with a mental disability and understand how the courts have considered such testimony

Describe how AI can fit into the framework of therapeutic jurisprudence


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We are proud to partner with Mental Disability Law and Policy Associates, LLC for this training. MDLPA is a boutique educational training company that offers specialized mental disability law consulting, the creation or enhancement of distance learning programs, in-house or online courses, and day or weekend training seminars to reputable organizations, educational institutions, professional groups, and advocacy groups focused on providing advanced knowledge and skills to persons working with marginalized populations.

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