Most U.S. states have laws permitting involuntary treatment of people with severe mental illness. Involuntary treatment varies from forced administration of medication to hospitalization, but whatever the form, it is typically the option of last resort. However, the use of involuntary treatment may be increasing because, in recent years, some states have loosened the criteria for court-ordered care.
There is strong disagreement among patients and family members, mental health professionals and judges, police officers and others, over the ethical, moral and legal basis for involuntary treatment. At the center of this debate are concerns over civil rights and self-determination, but also the desperation of family members and communities to help those who have severe mental illness avoid suicide, homelessness or jail.
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