This commentary highlights the importance of statutory law and administrative rules to the practice of forensic psychiatry. Often small changes in laws and rules significantly shape the practice environment of psychiatrists, whether in the hospital setting or in the community. A case example is presented to illustrate how significant changes were made in the treatment refusal procedures in Oregon's state hospitals with very little public notice or participation. This example illustrates the importance of focusing significant forensic psychiatric attention on the actions of state legislatures and the rules promulgated by the executive branch of state governments. The commentary concludes with a discussion that emphasizes the role of forensic psychiatry in helping to maintain a workable practice environment.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law|
|State||Published - Sep 1 2011|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Psychiatry and Mental health