Two articles in this month's issue highlight the difficulties that persons with severe mental illness often encounter when they attempt to live productive lives in today's complex world. John Petrila, J.D., LL.M., and Thomas Brink, J.D., describe three 1999 U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have made it increasingly difficult for persons to qualify as having a disability as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The authors suggest ways that mental health professionals can help the courts understand the particularly disabling features of severe mental illness (see page 626). Michael D. Ullman, M.A., and associates examine some troubling effects of a 1995 U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decision to implement a three-tiered policy for processing the thousands of discrimination charges filed under the ADA and other statutes. Since 1995, charges filed by persons with psychiatric disabilities are significantly less likely to be assigned a high priority than charges by other claimants and are also less likely to result in real benefits (see page 644).