Carolyn Reinach Wolf

Executive Partner in the law firm Abrams Fensterman and Director of the firm’s Mental Health Law practice

Carolyn Reinach Wolf is an Executive Partner in the law firm of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP and Director of the Firm’s Mental Health Law practice. She specializes in guiding families through the complex landscape of legal issues that impact loved ones with serious mental illness and/or substance abuse. Ms. Wolf concentrates in the areas of mental health and health care law, representing families and individuals, major hospital systems and community hospitals, outpatient programs, mental health and health care professionals, higher education institutions, and skilled nursing facilities. Her practice 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 family matters, health care facilities and institutions of higher education; Kendra's Law applications (Assisted Outpatient 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 serves as a frequent source for media covering issues of mental illness, and was the subject of a 2013 The New York Times profile, “A Guide in the Darkness.” She 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. Especially knowledgeable about how mental health and substance abuse impact college/university students, Ms. Wolf serves as President of National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA), a membership association serving more than 1,500 professionals in schools, colleges and workplaces. The organization supports individuals in need of mental health intervention, minimizing the potential for school and workplace violence.