Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold LLP
A senior partner in the firm and a Super Lawyers Rising Stars honoree, Phoenix attorney Josh Mozell practices in the areas of mental health law, estate planning, and contested probates, guardianships and conservatorships.
Josh is one of the few attorneys in the nation with a family-focused mental healthcare practice, helping to guide families through the complex maze of legal issues that affect loved ones with serious mental illness and/or substance abuse issues. He provides counsel on civil commitment, guardianship, special needs estate planning, and consultation on navigating the mental health system.
He also represents hospitals, behavioral health providers, and clinicians, regularly providing counsel on capacity, HIPAA, civil commitment, interaction with law enforcement, end-of-life decision making, and advance directives. In addition, he represents mental health and healthcare professionals in disciplinary proceedings.
A leader in advocating for Arizonans with mental illness, Josh serves as the president of the Association for the Chronically Mentally Ill; is a past chair of Mental Health America of Arizona and the State Bar of Arizona Executive Council on Elder Law, Mental Health & Special Needs; and is a member of the Columbia University Council for the Advancement of Global Health Research and the Maricopa County Human Rights Committee.
Mental Health Law. In his mental health practice, Josh helps clients gain access to care, and he works with families to help them understand and effectively access Arizona’s uniquely complex mental health system. Josh counsels clients in navigating the notoriously difficult civil commitment process and connects families with his network of care providers. When care is superior in other parts of the country, Josh coordinates the legal, administrative, and practical measures needed to access that care. When necessary, Josh frequently helps families implement a mental health guardianship so they can properly advocate for their mentally ill loved ones. Additionally, a significant portion of Josh’s mental health practice focuses on “psychiatric boarding,” a situation in which clients are involuntarily and unlawfully held in an emergency room.
In his healthcare practice, Josh represents behavioral health hospitals and providers. Here he uses his public behavioral health experience to help providers navigate complex legal issues that arise while delivering behavioral health and integrated care, including but not limited to HIPAA privacy and security, substance use record disclosures, implications of incapacity, guardianship and powers of attorney, compliance, civil commitment proceedings, consultation and representation on Arizona State Hospital Admission, and writ of habeas corpus challenges.