Thursday, January 31, 2008

Learning about treatment laws from Britney

Britney Spears is in the headlines again – for another psychiatric hospitalization. This USA Today story notes that there is still no public confirmation of a diagnosis. The reality is that we do not know what the situation is for her, or what her family is doing to try to help her.

We do know that the media is shedding the spotlight on California’s treatment law and providing some much needed education to the public about what happens when there is an intervention for someone who might need treatment, but will not voluntarily seek it. The story even includes the information that transporting officers and mental health professionals are required to provide a patient brought in under a “5150” for a psychiatric evaluation and hold.