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Mental Health Inadmissibility Understanding Self-Destructive Behavior


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In this article we explore mental health inadmissibility caused by self-harming behaviors. Section I briefly summarizes the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provisions underpinning mental health inadmissibility and identifies mental disorders commonly associated with self-harming behavior. Section II explains how immigrant visa and adjustment applicants are screened for self-harming behavior, and details the process of seeking a waiver under INA Section 212(g). Section III gives an overview of the most effective treatment modalities for self-harming behavior, and explains their application to the specific disorders identified in Section I. Finally, Section IV concludes with recommendations for implementing self-harm screening protocols within law practices, and advocacy tips for clients who exhibit self-harming behavior.


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