F2F Event (1.5 Hours): Behavioral Health: Understanding the Line Between Mental Illness and Criminal Conduct

November 06, 2020
10:30 AM CST - 12:00 PM CST
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Behavioral Health: Understanding the Line Between Mental Illness and Criminal Conduct

The need for mental healthcare as an essential part of the overall healthcare system has received increased attention in recent years. It is often in response to high-profile incidents of violence that raise the public’s concern about risks associated with persons living with severe mental illness. It is a complex problem to determine when conduct is considered criminal and when is it considered a result of mental illness, which should be treated rather than prosecuted. Many of these individuals who exhibit criminal behavior will ultimately require treatment in a range of community and hospital settings, requiring providers to have a better understanding of the line between mental illness and criminal conduct.

The overall purpose and learning objectives of this panel are as follows:

  1. To help participants understand how mental illness and behavioral disorders are viewed by the courts and the law.
  2. To help participants recognize the legal standard for being mentally competent to stand trial as distinguished from other competencies.
  3. To help participants understand how the law defines when a person is not criminally responsible for actions due to mental illness.
  4. To help participants understand the legal standard for dangerousness due to mental illness.

    ** Please note registration will close on Wednesday, November 4th, and there is a maximum of 50 attendees for this event welcomed on a first-come first-served basis.

Opening Speaker & Moderator:

Jeff Feix, PhD
Director, Office of Forensic and Juvenile Court Services
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Dr. Jeff Feix is the Director of Forensic and Juvenile Court Services for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, where he has served since July of 2007. Dr. Feix earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kentucky and completed an internship at the Harvard Medical School in 1989. His office coordinates the provision of court-ordered mental health evaluations for courts across Tennessee, provides risk assessments to the Board of Paroles, and manages the assessment and treatment of individuals found not guilty by reason of insanity. Previously, he worked in the public sector as a therapist, a forensic psychologist and a sex offender treatment provider in Massachusetts and Virginia. He has served as Chair of the executive committee of the Forensic Division of the National Association of Mental Health Program Directors.


Sandeep Gude, MD Kevin T. Beck
Psychiatrist Director of Regional Mental Health Institute Legal Services
Western Mental Health Institute Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Dr. Sandeep Gude is a board-certified psychiatrist with a specialization in forensic and child psychiatry. He spent the majority of his adult life in South Carolina and obtained his bachelor’s and medical doctorate from the University of South Carolina. After finishing his adult psychiatry residency at Maimonides Hospital in New York, he came back to the University of South Carolina to finish his psychiatric specializations. For the last four years, he has worked in the forensic unit of the Western Mental Health Institute, one of four state psychiatric hospitals in Tennessee. Dr. Gude lives in Memphis with his wife and two sons.

Kevin T. Beck is the director of legal services for the four regional mental health institutes operated by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS). He is based at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute (MBMHI), an accredited 165-bed psychiatric hospital located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Mr. Beck serves as primary legal counsel for MBMHI and supervises the legal teams based at the other three regional mental health institutes operated by TDMHSAS in Nashville, Memphis, and Bolivar.  He has worked in mental health law for over 15 years and teaches criminal justice courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Mr. Beck earned his law degree with honors from the University of Tennessee and his Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in biology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.



10:30AM - 12:00PM CST

Credits and Type:

Attendees will receive 1.5 hours of ACHE Face-to-Face Educational Credit.

ACCME Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Ascension Saint Thomas and the American College of Healthcare Executives - Middle Tennessee Chapter. Ascension Saint Thomas is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:

Ascension Saint Thomas designates this live activity for a maximum of 27 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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$15.00 Non-Member Registration; Please specify your chapter affiliation.

$0.00 Speaker/Sponsor Registration

$0.00 Life Fellow Registration