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SIH/SIU Health Policy Institute

Tenth Annual
SIH/SIU Health Policy Institute

The Dangerous Patient: Medical, Legal and Public Policy Responses

May 16, 2008

Listen to Professor Marshall Kapp discuss the conference on WSIU (requires Windows Media Player)


News Release

Risks to the public’s health abound in everyday life. Frequently, these risks to the population are connected to the behaviors of individuals. Situations presented, for example, by mentally ill persons who engage in violent conduct at public places resulting in death or serious injury to themselves and others and potentially infectious individuals who knowingly place a large number of other people at risk of contagion by their conduct engender significant medical, legal, and public policy considerations. The medical, legal, and public policy challenges created by these and other threats to the public’s health directly confront many health care professionals, attorneys, public officials, and educators. This program will identify and begin to address these important public policy challenges, especially in the context of shifting attention exclusively from attempting to predict and control the behavior of individual patients to a broader population-based intervention perspective.

Sponsored by:

Southern Illinois Healthcare
Southern Illinois University
School of Law Center for Health Law and Policy
School of Medicine Department of Medical Humanities
Paul Simon Public Policy Institute
Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard, P.C


8:30 Registration

9:00 Introduction

9:15 “The Dangerous Infected Patient: An Approach to Characterizing the Risks Posed by and Duties of Persons Infected with Communicable Disease Pathogens” Richard Goodman , MD, JD, Public Health Law Program, Center for Disease Control, Atlanta

10:15 Break

10:30 “Dangerous People, Irrational Fears: Developing a Rational Jurisprudence for Non-Criminal Dangerousness” Edward Richards, Director, Program in Law, Science and Public Health, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University

11:30 Lunch

12:00 “The Dangerous Patient: The Legal Challenges to containing the Dangerous Patient during a Disease Outbreak or Bioterrorism Event” Marilyn Thomas, J.D., Chief of Staff (Acting), Chief Legal Counsel, Illinois Department of Public Health

1:00 Break

1:15 “Dangerous Perspectives: The Perils of Individualizing Public Health Concerns”
Wendy Parmet, George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished Professor and Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law, Program Director of the J.D./M.P.H. program with Tufts University School of Medicine

2:15 “The Imperfections of Protection Through Detection and Intervention: Lessons from Three Decades of Research on the Psychiatric Assessment of Violence Risk” Douglass Mossman , Professor and Director of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, and Administrative Director of the Glenn W. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Law

3:15 Evaluation and Adjournment