Tuesday, March 06, 2007

AOT is legal in Texas

From a Texas news article :

"Another uneducated reaction from some is to insist that people with mental illness be forced into treatment. That’s illegal. As long as people are well enough to make decisions, they can dictate what treatments they receive and who is involved in those treatments."

In Texas, it is far from “illegal” to get a court order to help someone who is severely ill get the treatment they need.

Texas’ assisted outpatient treatment law allows families to get a civil court order for outpatient treatment, providing their loved one meets a specific set of criteria.

For those whose illness leaves them too sick to make rational treatment choices, Texas should be using their humane outpatient commitment law.

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