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David Baxter

Mar 26, 2004
Leverage vs. coercion
By Treatment Advocacy Center

A recent entry on schizophrenia.com points to this fascinating blog entry by a psychiatrist ...

"Some of the best research on mandated treatment is being done by the MacArthur Foundation. The interesting thing about this work is that it showed that leveraged treatment is not necessarily perceived as coercive by the patient if the patient is given a chance to participate in the process -- ie. to participate in a mental health status conference with a judge or to discuss how money will be spent with a payee. While outcomes studies are still being done, there is evidence that use of leverage reduces likelihood of rehospitalization and reduces length of stay."​

The Treatment Advocacy Center (www.psychlaws.org) is a national nonprofit dedicated to removing barriers to treatment of severe mental illnesses.

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