National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy
Litigation Challenging Outpatient Commitment
Pamela Cohen, J.D., Dennis Feld, J.D. & Arthur Baer, J.D.
This workshop will discuss legal theories that may be used to challenge the implementation of involuntary outpatient commitment laws. We will also explore lessons learned from litigation that challenged Kendra’s Law in New York and discuss how those lessons may inform potential litigation elsewhere, including California, where Laura’s Law is beginning to be implemented in new jurisdictions.
Cases Challenging AOT (pdf)
SF Chronicle Op-ed: Voluntary mental health services will deliver better outcomes, Eduardo Vega & Catherine Blakemore, 6/5/14
Laura's Law compels treatment of the mentally ill; The problem? Such laws don't work
Patt Morrison, LA Times, 7/22/14
Assissted Outpatient Treatment Demonstration Project Act of 2002 (AKA "Laura's Law)
Kisley, Campbell and Preston, Compulsory community and involuntary outpatient treatment for people with severe mental disorders, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2005, Issue 3. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.
com/doi/10.1002/14651858. CD004408.pub3/abstract; jsessionid= 7E1F0ABE3A24D5112D2C28DE67D381 23.d01t03 (abstract)
M. Harrow, T. H. Jobe and R. N. Faull: Does treatment of schizophrenia with antipsychotic medications eliminate or reduce psychosis? A 20-year multi-follow-up study, Psychological Medicine 44:14 (October 2014), pp 3007 - 3016
Burns, et al, Community treatment orders for patients with psychosis (OCTET): a randomised controlled trial, The Lancet, Volume 381, Issue 9878, Pages 1627 - 1633, 11 May 2013
Link to brief presenter bios:
Pamela Cohen, J.D.
Dennis Feld, J.D.
Arthur Baer, J.D.