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Carolyn Reinach Wolf
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Carolyn Reinach Wolf is an executive partner in the law firm of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, LLP and Director of the Firm's Mental Health Law practice. Ms. Wolf holds a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, an M.S. in Health Services Administration from the Harvard School of Public Health and an M.B.A. in Management from the Hofstra University School of Business. She is admitted to practice in New York State and Federal Courts as well as the U.S. Supreme Court Prior to practicing law, Ms. Wolf is a former hospital administrator and director of Hospital Risk Management.

Ms. Wolf's practice concentrates in the areas of mental health and health care law, representing mental health and health care professionals, major hospital systems and community hospitals, institutional and community outpatient programs, skilled nursing facilities, higher education institutions, individuals and families. Her expertise includes mental hygiene law, including retention and treatment over objection psychiatric cases, mental health warrants, capacity determinations, informed consent and medical treatment cases, confidentiality and release of records matters, interaction with law enforcement in health care facilities and institutions of higher learning, Kendra's Law applications (Assisted Out-Patient Treatment Orders), Article 81 and 17-A guardianship proceedings, civil and criminal litigation and negotiation specific to mental health issues, consultation and advice in navigating the mental health system and legal interventions in the inpatient and outpatient treatment settings as well as mental health issues in the higher education setting. She also consults with health care institutions on issues of end of life decision making, development and ongoing functioning of ethics committees, advance directives, and institutional review boards.

Ms. Wolf is a frequently invited speaker and consultant to health care and mental health organizations as well as institutions of higher education, specifically university counseling centers and administrators, and professional associations throughout the country regarding mental health law issues. Her topics include: mental health legal issues, health and risk management from a mental health care law perspective, the increasing rate of student suicides, serious mental illness on campus, drug and alcohol abuse, date rape, law enforcement, confidentiality, parental notification, documentation and the increasing liability of campus staff, administrators, mental health professionals and the institutions themselves.

She has developed seminars, published many articles for professional journals, lectured, and has been interviewed by the media, including print, radio and TV, extensively in these and other areas of mental health and health care law, providing education to professionals in all legal, medical, and educational disciplines, health care providers, attorneys, laypersons and members of the judiciary.

Ms. Wolf has and continues to hold elected positions in the Association for Healthcare Risk Management of New York State: President-elect, 2006, President, 2007, Chairperson of the Education Committee; Nassau County Bar Association, Hospital and Health Law Committee (Vice Chairperson); New York State Bar Committee on Mental Health Issues (Co-Chairperson). She is also an active member of the Article 81 Advisory Committee, New York County (Co-Chairperson Integrated Guardianship Part Subcommittee), Healthcare Executives Club, American Counseling Association, American College Counseling Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Ms. Wolf also serves as Counsel to County Coalitions of Mental Health Centers. She is also one of the founding members of NaBITA (the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association), a new membership association for higher education, which is dedicated to the support and professional development of behavioral intervention teams whose purposed is to make campuses safer through education, prevention and intervention. Ms. Wolf's title is Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. NaBITA's membership benefits include support and networking for higher education campuses specific to the development, ongoing functioning and planning for either existing or formulation of Behavioral Intervention Teams.

Ms. Wolf is the Founder and President of a higher education consulting company called Campus Behavioral Health Risk Consultants (CBHRC), LLC. CBHRC is a consortium of legal, clinical, public policy and law enforcement experts offering consultation, evaluation, training and education to assist the various disciplines on campus in formulating strategic responses, making informed decisions, creating effective policy and preparing for a variety of evolving, urgent and emergent situations. To learn more about CBHRC please visit their website... .

Entries by Carolyn Reinach Wolf

The Elections Are Over, But the Fight for Mental Health Funding Has Not Yet Begun

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 5:30 PM

Leading up to the 2014 midterm elections and in their immediate aftermath, we did not hear anything about initiating, increasing, pushing for or even looking into the possibility of addressing the poor state of mental health services in our country. Not during the campaigns, not during the celebratory speeches. Nothing.

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Let's Talk Real Solutions: Mental Health in The U.S.

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 2:30 PM

Another day goes by with another incident of violence and another nod to mental illness. As I continue to read the almost daily accounts of shootings, and now stabbings, in a variety of settings, from college campuses to our high schools and lower schools, to our workplaces and our religious...

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Law Enforcement and Mental Illness: Not What They're Meant For

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 2:27 PM

With each terrible tragedy we see replayed over and over, there are additional variations on the theme. In the most recent of these killings, the glaring issue is not a college campus missing the signs, a workplace not acting on "red flags" or a mental health professional believing confidentiality restricts...

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What We Could All Learn From Seth Rogen: A Discussion on Mental Health

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 9:15 AM

Yesterday, Seth Rogen was on Capitol Hill discussing the need for Alzheimer's disease awareness and funding. From the moment he began his testimony, he received media coverage from all of the top-tier outlets. While Seth is a great spokesperson for this horrible disease, it is unfortunate mental health...

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Stop Talking and Start Acting on Mental Health

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 6:04 PM

I just finished watching the 60 Minutes and CNN interviews of Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds (D-VA) and the CNN interview of Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA). All the right questions were asked and Mr. Deeds and Mr. Murphy were excellent in articulating the need for reform in our mental health...

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Breaking Down The Silos: A Collaborative Answer to Mental Health

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 4:24 PM

It is now 2014. The articles, talking heads and opinion pieces on current mental health issues are spilling over from 2013. You've seen them on the evening news and in the newspapers all talking about what's wrong with the system, what theoretically can work, what we need to do or...

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New Mental Health Parity Regulations: Step in Right Direction, Long Overdue

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 8:56 PM

Recently, the Obama Administration released the final rule increasing parity between mental health/substance use disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits in group and individual health plans.

Passage of the new mental health parity regulations is another step in the right direction toward ending insurance discrimination against those seeking treatment for mental...

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Break the Silence: A Discussion on Mental Health in America

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 3:14 PM

The silence is deafening. I actually began writing this blog before the D.C. Navy Yard shooting and used the same opening line. Even after this most recent tragedy the same opening line is quite pertinent. Let's take a look back for a moment: Columbine High School [13 killed, 24 injured],...

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Obama's Mental Health Conference: A good start, but more must be done

(5) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 4:28 PM

President Obama's Mental Health Conference on June 3, 2013, got the long-overdue conversation started on mental health issues in America, but unfortunately lacked the commitment to funding and follow-through needed to truly help families and loved ones who struggle with this issue on a daily basis.

First, it's is important...

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NY Gun Control Bill: A Missed Opportunity to Address Mental Health Issues

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 1:24 PM

The tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary created a tipping point for America's fascination with guns. And while the focal point of the conversation has revolved around politics and gun control, behind the scenes, the mental health community has been hoping that this would also elevate awareness of another issue...

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Letter to New York Delegation: This Is About Mental Health Issues

(4) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 10:58 AM

Dear NY Delegation,

Following the horrific events of Newtown, Conn., we are once again grappling with how something like this could happen, how might it have been prevented, is there a way to learn from this and prevent another such tragedy. The media has been replete with stories regarding not...

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