Issue Brief

No. 757

Outpatient Commitment in Mental Health: Is Coercion the Price of Community Services?
July 11, 2000


Coimbra Sirica, Consultant


This paper reviews the debate over civil commitment to outpatient settings of people with mental illness who are considered too ill and/or too dangerous to be left on their own in their communities. The choices of two states — Maryland and New York — in dealing with this issue are reviewed. Alternative ways of drawing people into treatment and keeping them there are also discussed.

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See also the entry for the related Forum Session (July 11, 2000).

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