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Involuntary Commitment

When Is It Justified to Force Treatment on Someone

Allen Frances | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Some would shout a resounding,impassioned, all inclusive, Never! No psychiatric coercion, not ever, not even under the most seemingly urgent of circumstances.

Mental Health and Second Amendment Fears

Scott Mendelson, M.D. | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Scott Mendelson, M.D.

There is a possibility that the fear of being labeled as mentally ill and subsequently losing their right to own a firearm will prevent both veterans and non-veterans with mental health issues from seeking the help they need and deserve.

We Need to Expand Involuntary Treatment for Severe Mental Illness

David Vognar | Posted 09.04.2012 | Healthy Living
David Vognar

Countless mental health professionals care deeply about their patients and want them to get better. Strengthening involuntary treatment will allow them to do that.

Mental Health Kills the Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

In 1955 there were 340 public psychiatric beds available per 100,000 U.S. citizens. By 2005, the number plummeted to a staggering 17 beds per 100,000 persons.

What Harry Reid and John Boehner Should Do in Wake of Giffords Shooting

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

Federal mental-health dollars go to an astonishing variety of social programs for the worried-well, with little left for the seriously ill. Don't spend more. Spend smarter.

Gabrielle Giffords, Jared Loughner and Mental Illness

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

Pundits in the aftermath of the Tuscan shooting are failing to address the reforms that could prevent these incidents in the first place. What's needed is reform of our involuntary commitment and treatment laws.

What Should We Call People with Mental Illness?

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

Like ''diabetics,'' ''alcoholics,'' and epileptics,'' ''schizophrenics'' can usefully indicate a group of people with a common condition, and some individuals with schizophrenia refer to themselves this way.

Largest & Longest Study: New Treatment Law Helps Mentally Ill Avoid Incarceration, Homelessness and Hospitalization

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
DJ Jaffe

The Halloween triple-murder in Bono, Ohio of William Liske, Jr., his wife Susan, and son Derrick has again focused the public's attention on what to d...

Court rules gassing mentally ill is illegal. Is this the best we can do?

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

Psychiatric Times reported an appelate court decision: "Chemical Gassing of Mentally Ill Inmates is Unconsitutional": A Federal appeals court has su...

Treat dangerous schizophrenia, the same way we treat TB.

DJ Jaffe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
DJ Jaffe

According to Amenoma Hartocollis of the New York Times, New York City tightened their rules for monitoring discharged patients with tuberculosis becau...

NYS Senate voted today to not help mentally ill, not keep public safer and not save money

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
DJ Jaffe

As part of the budget non-process, the NYS Senate today voted not to make Kendra's Law permanent and not to improve it. That means they voted not to h...

Mental Health Parity: Obama Style

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

I'm happy the Obama Administration is telling group insurers to stop discrimination against the mentally ill. Now I wish they were listening to what they are saying.