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March 10, 2014

Why urban communities ignore mentally ill residents


Wayne State University Law School will present a symposium about mental illness Friday, March 21. The Journal of Law in Society, in partnership with the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, will present its 2014 symposium, “Forgotten from the Start: The Law’s Failing of the Urban Mentally Ill.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Wayne Law’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium. The symposium will examine the isolation and stigmatization of mental illness within societal structures to shed light on a larger narrative about how cultural norms, institutions and administrative structures fail to adequately address the needs of the mentally ill community. Patricia Erickson, director of the criminal justice program and professor at Canisius, spoke with Craig Fahle about the topic.

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