Clinical encounters with outpatient coercion at the CMHC: questions of implementation and efficacy
AuthorsGeller, Jeffrey L.
UMass Chan AffiliationsDepartment of Psychiatry
Commitment of Mentally Ill
Community Mental Health Centers
Length of Stay
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Health Services Research
Mental and Social Health
Psychiatric and Mental Health
Psychiatry and Psychology
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AbstractClinical encounters with three outpatients at a CMHC who were managed with alternating periods of voluntary or uncoerced and involuntary or coerced treatment are presented. The two periods of coerced community treatment--of eight months and then two to four years duration--produced positive results quite distinct from the periods of uncoerced community treatment. In discussing the implementation and efficacy of coerced outpatient treatment at the CMHC, the author addresses legal, clinical, and resource issues which form the basis for seven arguments often heard as to why staffs at CMHCs hesitate to employ involuntary or coercive interventions.
SourceCommunity Ment Health J. 1992 Apr;28(2):81-94.
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