Outpatient Civil Commitment in North Carolina: Constitutional and Policy Concerns

32 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2013

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Erika Lietzan

University of Missouri School of Law

Date Written: February 20, 1995

Abstract

This article examines preventive outpatient commitment, which targets those not ill or dangerous enough to be committed to inpatient facilities under state commitment laws. After discussing the history and design of the NC scheme, it explores constitutional and practical difficulties. Ultimately, it argues that individualized case management through local mental health clinics is the more effective and humane way of serving the interests of both the individual and the state.

Keywords: outpatient commitment, mental health, O'Connor v. Donaldson

Suggested Citation

Lietzan, Erika, Outpatient Civil Commitment in North Carolina: Constitutional and Policy Concerns (February 20, 1995). Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 58, No. 2, 1995. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2221465

Erika Lietzan (Contact Author)

University of Missouri School of Law ( email )

Missouri Avenue & Conley Avenue
Columbia, MO MO 65211
United States

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