Mental Health & Disability
The ADLS Mental Health & Disability Law Committee is unique in its role in that it is responsible for the administration of the Auckland wide Mental Health rosters which ensure that all patients have access to legal advice. It proactively engages with the DHB’s to protect the interests of patients, it drafts the Best Practice Guidelines for mental health lawyers and organises a variety of educational events for the profession. It consults and lobbies actively with Government departments and has successfully safeguarded levels of mental health legal aid funding.
To consider any matters relating to mental health and disability law and practice affecting Members of ADLS and to report to the Council of ADLS on such matters.
To liaise directly with government agencies and institutions on mental health and disability law issues to promote good legal practice in the interests of the profession and the public.
To prepare submissions on behalf of ADLS on mental health and disability law issues and to liaise with the President on statements to the profession or the public.