Thirty-five years of working with civil commitment statutes

Joseph Bloom

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

10 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This commentary reflects my 35 years of working with civil commitment statutes, first in Alaska, then in Oregon, and on various committees on the national level. Coming from a background in community and public psychiatry, I have always considered civil commitment to be the most important forensic mental health statute, as the commitment process in any state greatly influences the lives of many severely mentally ill individuals. Over the course of the past 35 years, many changes have occurred in civil commitment law, resulting in the gradual de-emphasis of the importance of these statutes. The ability of clinicians to use these statutes effectively has diminished. Herein, I review some of the areas of conceptual and practical problems related to the use of these statutes and, in effect, make a plea for a re-examination of the importance of civil commitment and for an attempt to fix some of the problems that have led to the loss of effective and rational civil commitment laws.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)430-439
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Volume32
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2004

Fingerprint

Community Psychiatry
Aptitude
Mentally Ill Persons
statute
Mental Health
commitment
Law
psychiatry
mental health
examination
ability
community

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Cite this

Thirty-five years of working with civil commitment statutes. / Bloom, Joseph.

In: Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Vol. 32, No. 4, 2004, p. 430-439.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{80a57a66a8d34a3c8126fbc905831dfa,
title = "Thirty-five years of working with civil commitment statutes",
abstract = "This commentary reflects my 35 years of working with civil commitment statutes, first in Alaska, then in Oregon, and on various committees on the national level. Coming from a background in community and public psychiatry, I have always considered civil commitment to be the most important forensic mental health statute, as the commitment process in any state greatly influences the lives of many severely mentally ill individuals. Over the course of the past 35 years, many changes have occurred in civil commitment law, resulting in the gradual de-emphasis of the importance of these statutes. The ability of clinicians to use these statutes effectively has diminished. Herein, I review some of the areas of conceptual and practical problems related to the use of these statutes and, in effect, make a plea for a re-examination of the importance of civil commitment and for an attempt to fix some of the problems that have led to the loss of effective and rational civil commitment laws.",
author = "Joseph Bloom",
year = "2004",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "32",
pages = "430--439",
journal = "Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law",
issn = "1093-6793",
publisher = "American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law",
number = "4",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Thirty-five years of working with civil commitment statutes

AU - Bloom, Joseph

PY - 2004

Y1 - 2004

N2 - This commentary reflects my 35 years of working with civil commitment statutes, first in Alaska, then in Oregon, and on various committees on the national level. Coming from a background in community and public psychiatry, I have always considered civil commitment to be the most important forensic mental health statute, as the commitment process in any state greatly influences the lives of many severely mentally ill individuals. Over the course of the past 35 years, many changes have occurred in civil commitment law, resulting in the gradual de-emphasis of the importance of these statutes. The ability of clinicians to use these statutes effectively has diminished. Herein, I review some of the areas of conceptual and practical problems related to the use of these statutes and, in effect, make a plea for a re-examination of the importance of civil commitment and for an attempt to fix some of the problems that have led to the loss of effective and rational civil commitment laws.

AB - This commentary reflects my 35 years of working with civil commitment statutes, first in Alaska, then in Oregon, and on various committees on the national level. Coming from a background in community and public psychiatry, I have always considered civil commitment to be the most important forensic mental health statute, as the commitment process in any state greatly influences the lives of many severely mentally ill individuals. Over the course of the past 35 years, many changes have occurred in civil commitment law, resulting in the gradual de-emphasis of the importance of these statutes. The ability of clinicians to use these statutes effectively has diminished. Herein, I review some of the areas of conceptual and practical problems related to the use of these statutes and, in effect, make a plea for a re-examination of the importance of civil commitment and for an attempt to fix some of the problems that have led to the loss of effective and rational civil commitment laws.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=11144337449&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=11144337449&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

VL - 32

SP - 430

EP - 439

JO - Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

JF - Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

SN - 1093-6793

IS - 4

ER -