3293.0 Social Justice and Mental Health

Monday, November 8, 2010: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
The complex relationship between mental health and human rights continues to evolve across theory and practice. The human rights model has been acknowledged as providing a fundamental conceptual reorientation of how individuals are regarded with respect to the political and social infrastructures they inhabit. Human rights have primarily been viewed as a foundation for individual protections for persons with mental disabilities. Human rights can, however, also be seen as informing systemic approaches to governing social and health norms. This panel will define and apply human right for mental health care and articulate a theory of using human rights as an explicit model for health governance in the context of mental disabilities.
Session Objectives: * Describe the evolution of the international human rights framework to address issues of mental health. * Apply justiciable legal claims to human rights violations against those adjudged to be mentally disabled. * Assess a rights-based framework for the development of mental health systems.
Benjamin Mason Meier, JD, LLM, PhD
Lance Gable, JD, MPH , Oliver Lewis, LLB, MA, MPA and Benjamin Mason Meier, JD, LLM, PhD

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Organized by: APHA-International Human Rights Committee
Endorsed by: HIV/AIDS, Socialist Caucus, Women's Caucus