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Legal issues in maximum security institutions for people with mental illness: liberty, security, and administrative discretion.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12239706     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article explores four legal issues relevant to the provision of care in secure hospitals. These include the current status of right to treatment litigation; the potential impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act; new developments in laws governing restraint and seclusion; and the need for uniform institutional policies on risk assessment. These issues illustrate the potential conflicts between individual autonomy and institutional control that have been at the heart of mental health law for three decades. The article suggests that because of the diminishing oversight provided by the federal judiciary, institutional custodians have a particular obligation to ensure that individual rights are not overwhelmed by concerns with security.
John Petrila; Kevin S Douglas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Behavioral sciences & the law     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0735-3936     ISO Abbreviation:  Behav Sci Law     Publication Date:  2002  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-09-19     Completed Date:  2002-11-04     Revised Date:  2014-03-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8404861     Medline TA:  Behav Sci Law     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  463-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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MeSH Terms
Ethics, Institutional
Forensic Psychiatry / legislation & jurisprudence*
Hospitals, Psychiatric / legislation & jurisprudence*,  organization & administration*
Mental Disorders / rehabilitation
Mental Health Services / legislation & jurisprudence,  organization & administration
Mentally Ill Persons / legislation & jurisprudence
Patient Rights / legislation & jurisprudence
Personal Autonomy*
Prisoners / legislation & jurisprudence,  psychology
Prisons / legislation & jurisprudence*,  organization & administration*
Restraint, Physical / legislation & jurisprudence
Security Measures / legislation & jurisprudence
United States

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