CMHPL News | August 2, 2023
Dr. Joellyn Sheehy, a UW psychiatry resident, was recognized for her research on the role of criminal defense attorneys in suicide prevention, conducted with CMHPL Director Dr. Jennifer Piel.
The New York Times | July 27, 2023
A Supreme Court ruling from 2012 established the sentencing parameters for juveniles convicted of homicide offenses. Now, a state judge must decide what that means for a Michigan school shooter. CMHPL Director Jennifer Piel, MD, JD, is quoted.
The Seattle Times | July 7, 2023
For the past decade, people in Washington jails have been increasingly referred to undergo a competency evaluation to determine whether they can legally stand trial. This has led to has led to severe backlogs at Washington jails while defendants can’t get a bed at a state psychiatric facility. Experts, including CMHPL Director Dr. Jennifer Piel, weigh in on this issue.
The Seattle Times | July 7, 2023
In some cases, substance use or mental illness affect a person’s ability to stand trial because they are not able to understand court proceedings or aid their attorney in their defense. When this happens, it kickstarts a process known as competency evaluation and in some cases competency restoration.
AAMC News | June 9, 2023
CMHPL Director Dr. Jennifer Piel received an award to study the feasibility of an academic-state partnership to provide forensic mental health evaluations through a university-based telehealth forensic assessment clinic.
CMHPL News | March 29, 2023
Sarah Forslund, an undergraduate student, gained exposure to the forensic mental health field during a month-long mentorship with Dr. Jennifer Piel.
CMHPL News | January 10, 2023
The Center for Mental Health, Policy, and the Law, in collaboration with the UW SPIRIT Lab, is working to make cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for psychosis accessible throughout Washington state.
The Seattle Times | November 7, 2022
Dr. Sarah Kopelovich, CMHPL core faculty member, talks about the role families and caregivers play in recovery from psychosis. She also discusses Psychosis REACH, a training that modifies CBT to the needs of caregivers of individuals with psychotic disorders to better care for and relate to their loved ones.
UW Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences News | April 21, 2022
The UW Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences announced the recipients of the Department’s Suicide Prevention and Recovery Small Grants Program aimed at supporting projects related to suicide prevention and recovery. CMHPL Director Dr. Jennifer Piel, Joellyn Sheehy, and colleagues at the Washington Defenders Association and Washington State Bar Association will explore the role that criminal defense attorneys could play in reducing risk of suicide amongst recently arrested criminal defendants.
Psychiatric Times | December 30, 2020
The period following arrest can be particularly dangerous, both in custody and in the community. CMHPL Director Dr. Jennifer Piel discusses recent studies and why more attention should be paid to reducing suicide following arrest.
The Crime Report | November 2, 2020
Juveniles who commit crimes should be afforded meaningful opportunities for reform and release from prison within their lifetime. This point was underlined by a case brought in Washington state’s Supreme Court concerning the amount of time a person can spend in prison for offenses committed as a juvenile.
The Crime Report | October 21, 2020
Given the well-known negative psychological effects of solitary confinement, it’s time to extend protections to persons with serious mental illness and all inmates in segregated settings.
The Seattle Times | October 1, 2020
Marcus Harrison Green shares his personal experience with psychosis and examines when the bias of race merges with the stigma of mental illness within the criminal justice system. CMHPL Director Dr. Jennifer Piel is quoted.
UW Medicine News | August 14, 2020
A team in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has launched the Center for Mental Health, Policy, and the Law.