Carolyn Reinach Wolf, J.D. is a senior partner of the Abrams law firm on Long Island, NY and is responsible for the mental health law practice area. She 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 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 counseling centers, 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, outpatient and campus counseling treatment settings. She also consults with health care institutions on issues of end of life decision making, development of ethics committees, advance directives, and institutional review boards.
Ms. Wolf is a frequently invited speaker and a consultant to college and university counseling centers and administrators throughout the country regarding mental health law issues. These issues include: 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, and lectured 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.