ERIC Number: ED182900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
The New Clients: Legal Services for Mentally Retarded Persons.
Herr, Stanley S.
The book explores the legal profession's role in protecting the rights of mentally handicapped individuals. Section 1 provides background on mental retardation and residential care, explaining that mental retardation and poverty are closely interrelated. Section 2 reviews the long accepted public policy of supplanting institutional care with community based alternatives. Section 3 details legal assistance approaches, including class actions, individual representation, and legislative advocacy. Barriers to access of institutionalized clients, such as conflicts of interest between a mentally retarded and his/her guardian, and advocacy projects are considered in the fourth section. The final section discusses resources and priorities for the future. A questionnaire on legal advocacy for mentally retarded persons and the results of responses from 100 members of the legal professions are appended. (PHR)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Civil Liberties, Community Services, Institutionalized Persons, Lawyers, Legal Aid, Legal Problems, Mental Retardation, Questionnaires, Residential Care, Socioeconomic Influences
National Legal Services Corp., Research Institute on Legal Assistance, 733 15th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20005 (Free)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Legal Services Corp., Washington, DC.