An empirical study of emergency commitment

L. R. Faulkner, B. H. McFarland, J. D. Bloom

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The authors examine the emergency commitment process in one Oregon county and present data that document the impact of a local detention facility. The study reconfirms the dependence of commitment processes on the mental health system in which they occur, illustrates the relative inability of specific laws to determine the actual nature of commitment processes, provides support for the concept of community care for the people involved, and points to the need for additional research to clarify the effects of commitment procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-186
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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