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The impact of broadened civil commitment standards on admissions to state mental hospitals
Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
  • Glenn L. Pierce, Northeastern University
  • Mary L. Durham, Center for Health Research
  • William H. Fisher, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry
Date
1-1-1985
Document Type
Article
Medical Subject Headings
Commitment of Mentally Ill; Deinstitutionalization; Female; Hospitalization; Hospitals, Psychiatric; Hospitals, Public; Hospitals, State; Humans; Male; Mental Disorders; *Mentally Ill Persons; Public Opinion; Seasons; Washington
Abstract
In 1979, the state of Washington broadened its criteria governing the involuntary commitment of the mentally ill. This study examined the impact of the revised law on involuntary and voluntary admissions and on the type of patient admitted to state hospitals in Washington. The short-term effect of the law was an abrupt increase in involuntary commitments, with a concomitant but not offsetting decline in voluntary admissions. Although the law resulted in a substantial change in admissions policy, it does not appear to have altered the type of patient admitted to state mental hospitals in Washington.
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Citation: Am J Psychiatry. 1985 Jan;142(1):104-7.
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PubMed ID
3966567
Citation Information
Glenn L. Pierce, Mary L. Durham and William H. Fisher. "The impact of broadened civil commitment standards on admissions to state mental hospitals" Vol. 142 Iss. 1 (1985) ISSN: 0002-953X (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/william_h_fisher/4/