The ethics of mandatory community treatment.

Title

The ethics of mandatory community treatment.

Creator

Munetz Mark R; Galon Patricia A; Frese Frederick J 3rd

Publisher

The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

Date

2003
1905-6

Description

The authors present three ethical arguments to address the controversy of mandatory community treatment: rights-based versus beneficence, utilitarian, and communitarian. Each approach suggests that mandatory community treatment can be an ethical intervention for individuals with severe mental disorders in well-defined circumstances. It is critical to recognize that such interventions cannot be effective in the absence of an adequately funded, quality mental health service system. Within such a system, the authors believe a program of mandatory community treatment may play an important role. In considering mandatory outpatient treatment, the authors argue that consideration of decisionmaking capacity is preferable to dangerousness criteria, that clinical criteria with some flexibility should be developed so that mandatory community treatment is used only when alternatives have failed, that mandatory community treatment should be implemented long enough to be effective, and that consumers must be involved in the development and implementation of mandatory outpatient treatment programs.

Subject

Humans; United States; Mental Disorders/*therapy; Patient Acceptance of Health Care; Beneficence; *Coercion; Commitment of Mentally Ill/*legislation & jurisprudence; Community Mental Health Services/*ethics/legislation & jurisprudence; Legal Approach; Mental Health Therapies; Patient Rights/*ethics

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

173–183

Issue

2

Volume

31

Citation

Munetz Mark R; Galon Patricia A; Frese Frederick J 3rd, “The ethics of mandatory community treatment.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed January 28, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/5545.

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