Publication Date

Summer 2015


This is a report of the Mental Health Law Committee and the Disability Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. This report was researched and written by Karen Andreasian, Natalie Chin, Kristin Booth Glen, Beth Haroules, Katheine I. Hermann, Maria Kuns, Aditi Shah, and Naomi Weinstein on behalf of the New York City Bar Association. It has been reviewed and approved by the New York City Bar Association and is being published by the City University of New York Law Review in accordance with the Association’s protocols in the interest of bringing to publication an important contribution to the discussion on how the law should respond to people with intellectual disabilities.


This Report is dedicated to the memory and spirit of Karen Andreasian, former Chair of the Committee on Mental Health Law, who initiated the project of critiquing Art. 17-A, encouraged its completion, and who cared passionately about the rights to dignity and self-determination of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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