LIVE: Understanding and Reshaping Law Enforcement Interactions with Persons with a Mental Disability

May 16, 2023  |  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific

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

May 16, 2023
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific

1.5 Hours

Michael Perlin, JD, and Heather Ellis Cucolo, JD present a live professional training program on Stigma in the Law and the Impact on the Forensic Mental Health Evaluation in partnership with the Mental Disability Law and Policy Associates.

This program will introduce the fundamental case law on the Fourth Amendment’s application to the use of excessive force by law enforcement against persons with a mental disability. Through this law, participants will learn how the Supreme Court has narrowed Fourth Amendment protections and expanded the right of officers to use excessive force without legal consequence.
Additionally, the presentation will introduce participants to the Americans with Disabilities Act and focus on the required steps law enforcement personnel must take to ensure that they are not discriminating against individuals with mental disabilities. Presenters will provide an overview of the ADA legal principles applicable to state and local criminal justice programs.

Throughout the presentation, real-life examples will be used to demonstrate how suggested best practices by law enforcement would effectuate better outcomes for both police and citizens.

This program will cover:

  1. Statistics on use of excessive force
  2. Fourth amendment case law on excessive force
  3. Factual examples demonstrating the failure of statutes and prevailing case law to effectively serve persons with a mental disability
  4. Title II of the ADA as it relates to excessive force claims
  5. Detail jurisdictional police protocols that have the potential to better guide law enforcement in their interactions with persons with a mental disability

This program is ideal for lawyers, disability rights advocates, police, police administration, social workers, emergency response technicians, clinicians, and forensic practitioners and all stages of career development.

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

APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC: Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

Presented By

Heather Ellis Cucolo, JD

Heather Ellis Cucolo is an adjunct professor in New York Law School’s online mental disability law program, has served as Acting Director of that program, and has contributed to the development of courses within the program as well as assisted in collaboration with Asia-Pacific partners to fost...

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 current statistics and real-life scenarios that exemplify the problems in policing persons with a mental illness or mental disability

Describe the prevailing caselaw that considers excessive force and Fourth Amendment protections for persons with a mental illness or mental disability

Describe how the Americans with Disabilities Act intersects with Fourth Amendment jurisprudence for persons with a mental disability

Describe best practices in law and policing that would benefit persons with a mental disability during interactions with law enforcement


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Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Have a sudden change of plans and are unable to attend live? No worries, you will be given access to the on-demand version of the program once available.

Event Conduct

Event Conduct

Please conduct yourself in a professional manner throughout the event. Our goal is to make this as interactive an experience as possible for all who attend. We reserve the right to remove any participants who are disruptive or who act unprofessionally.

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Program Partner

Mental Disability Law and Policy Associates (MDLPA)

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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