Outcomes of patients in a low-intensity, short-duration involuntary outpatient commitment program

David A. Pollack, Bentson H. McFarland, Jo M. Mahler, Anne E. Kovas

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Abstract

This study examined the outcomes of patients in a low-intensity, short-duration involuntary outpatient commitment program. After release from inpatient commitment, one group (N=150) entered an involuntary outpatient commitment program that lasted up to six months; a comparison group (N=140) was released into the community without further involuntary care. After the analysis adjusted for confounding variables, patients who were in the involuntary outpatient commitment program had greater use of follow-up outpatient and residential services and psychotropic medications than patients in the comparison group. No differences were found between the groups in follow-up acute psychiatric hospitalization or arrests. Low-intensity, short-duration involuntary outpatient commitment appears to have a limited, but important, impact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)863-866
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume56
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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