Explaining Local Variations in Rates of Involuntary Mental Health Interventions
In Virginia, and presumably most other states, mental health crisis intervention and involuntary treatment are highly localized practices. Studies conducted by the Commission on Mental Health Law Reform document divergent patterns of emergency evaluation and crisis response by community mental health agencies, as well as substantial differences in the procedures and outcomes of involuntary commitment proceedings in different judicial districts. Evidence of these variations in Virginia has played an important role in the Commission's case for legislative and administrative reforms. This paper has two aims: to describe and explain these local variations and to reflect on what sorts of variations should be regarded as acceptable.
The workshop will be June 24 at noon in the Faculty Lounge.