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Coercion and Aggressive Community Treatment: A New Frontier in Mental Health Law / Edition 1

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Forced hospitalization of people with mental disorders has long been a critical issue in the mental health services. Coercion and Aggressive Community Treatment is the first sustained description and analysis of what happens when `aggressive' treatment becomes `coerced' treatment. Mental health professionals poignantly discuss the tension they feel between wanting to do everything to treat desperately ill people and the need to respect the rights of these same people who want to make their own decisions, even if this means forgoing treatment.

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Addresses the most controversial issue in mental health law, the coercion that often characterizes interventions to redress the incompetence or reduce the risk to the community posed by people with mental disorders. The debate has shifted from whether and when people can be forcibly hospitalized and treated, to such questions as whether people on the street can be made dependent on housing or an outreach worker's food and friendship as a method of inducing their compliance with outpatient treatment. Some of the studies explore the theory and methods of research, while others focus on specific questions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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'An important book....I recommend this book for all who are concerned about the outpatient treatment of the mentally ill.'
Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry Law
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Introduction; D. Dennis, J. Monahan. Coercion: From the Hospital to the Community: Coercion to Inpatient Treatment: Initial Results and Implications for Assertive Treatment in the Community; J. Monahan, et al. Outpatient Commitment: Official Coercion in the Community V.A. Hiday. Coercion and Treatment: The Community Provider's Perspective: Coercion and Tenacious Treatment in the Community: Applications to the Real World; R.J. Diamond. Coercion and Leverage in Clinical Outreach; E. Susser, B. Roche. The Perils of Outreach Work: Overreaching the Limits of Persuasive Tactics; M. Lopez. The Social Context of Aggressive Community Treatment: Housing as a Tool of Coercion; H. Korman, et al. Entitlements, Payees, and Coercion; S.H. Cogswell. Research Agenda on Coercion in the Community: Research on the Coercion of Persons with Severe Mental Illness; P. Solomon. Coercion and Social Control: A Framework for Research on Aggressive Strategies in Community Mental Health; A.M. Lovell. Coercion in the Community: The Open Questions: When Push Comes to Shove: Aggressive Community Treatment and the Law; J.W. Berg, R.J. Bonnie. Regulation from Without: The Shadow Side of Coercion; K. Hopper. Index.
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