Lake Success, NY - Carolyn Reinach Wolf is an Executive Partner in the law firm of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf, and Carone LLP and Director of the firm’s Mental Health Law Practice.
“Most of the time it’s the families of these suffering individuals who approach me,” says Carolyn. “Often their loved ones lack insight, are resistant to treatment and become symptomatic of their illness, hence unable to function, so their families intervene. I put together an affirmative plan on their behalf to get them treatment or support services as rapidly as possible.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Carolyn worked as a hospital administrator/risk manager, gained comprehensive knowledge of myriad areas of medicine, and became deeply and personally acquainted with patients’ families. Recognizing the critical need to assist families navigating the mental health care system, she pursued her law degree at Hofstra University School of Law.
Carolyn affirms how urgently we need to raise awareness concerning mental illness and better educate the public to combat its terrible stigma. She is vocal about bringing to fruition laws that would allow families to be more involved in loved ones’ mental health care. Currently, state confidentiality laws serve to shut out families and instead give full decision-making authority to patients who, more often than not, are incapable of making logical decisions affecting their well-being.
“Clients have referred to us as 'angels' or the 'dream team',” says Carolyn. “It just goes to show when you sincerely care for your clients you will be rewarded with unending joy and success.”
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