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Mental Disability Law is one of the most rapidly growing, and least understood, areas of the law. Interpretations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Patients’ Bill of Rights, and of terms such as “dangerousness”, “risk assessment” and “the least restrictive alternative”, are confounding mental health and legal professionals. Issues regarding the civil rights of homeless persons, sexually violent predators, outpatient commitment, and persons committed to institutions are hotly debated in courts and communities alike.

We are proud to partner with Mental Disability Law and Policy Associates for live and on-demand event training programs.

Live Programs Presented by MDLPA

On-Demand Programs Presented by MDLPA

Our Presenters


Heather Ellis Cucolo, JD

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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 foster international distance learning.


Michael Perlin, JD

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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 Disability Law and Policy Associates. 


"This training was excellent across all aspects and invaluable for someone like me who, due to geographical remoteness, do not get access to training in these kinds of measures – or to this standard. Thank you again for allowing me to participate."

- Armon Tamatea, Senior Lecturer - The University of Waikato