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The Competing Faces of Mental Health Law: Recovery and Access versus the Expanding Use of Preventive Confinement


John Petrila


University of South Florida

Corine De Ruiter


Independent

February 2, 2011

Amsterdam Law Forum, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2011

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Mental illnesses are an enormously important public health issue. Many nations are struggling to create adequate treatment capacity, based on advances in treatment philosophies, treatment modalities, and the codification of the rights of people with mental illnesses. However, preventive confinement is increasingly used to indefinitely confine classes of individuals based on sometimes substandard clinical testimony on diagnosis and future risk. The expanding use of preventive confinement threatens to draw already scarce resources from the treatment of many people with serious mental illnesses to focus on a handful of individuals thought to be dangerous to society. This has serious implications for the future of public mental health care.

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Keywords: Petrila, Ruiter, Competing, faces, mental, health, law, recovery, access, preventive, confinement, public

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Date posted: February 18, 2011 ; Last revised: June 14, 2011

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Petrila, John and de Ruiter, Corine, The Competing Faces of Mental Health Law: Recovery and Access versus the Expanding Use of Preventive Confinement (February 2, 2011). Amsterdam Law Forum, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1763195

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John P. Petrila (Contact Author)
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Corine De Ruiter
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