Psychiatric hospital recidivism has been and continues to be a persistent problem in treating individuals with chronic mental illness. Conditional release, a form of involuntary outpatient commitment, has been suggested as one possible solution. Guided by therapeutic jurisprudence, this article presents a proposal about conditional release that would maximize convergence of social values and would be empirically testable. Specifically, a scientifically validated treatment intervention for individuals with chronic mental illness, contingency management, is integrated with conditional release. From this proposal, a number of empirical hypotheses and legal questions about discharging psychiatric patients are generated and discussed. (C) 2000 John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Behavioral Sciences and the Law|
|State||Published - 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health