Assisted outpatient treatment: a tool for serious mental illness - STAT

Didnt know there were more beds in psychiatry facilities in the 60s than now, this article is very interesting.

its illegal. All human rights ascociations have rejected it. It has been abolished recently. It stinks of social control and muslim fanatism.

^ So you’re of the “Let them get more ill so they can roam the streets , and eat out of garbage cans” school of thought?!

Im just saying that ALL human rights groups object


30 June 1995, Index number: ACT 75/003/1995

This paper analyses human rights violations within AI’s mandate which are relevant to psychiatry. It presents arguments for increased interest in and action by professional associations and individuals to further the protection of human rights and professional ethics. It presents the following as issues which ought to be of serious concern to the profession: abuse of psychiatry for political reasons; the effects of torture and “disappearance”; psychiatric aspects of the death penalty; imprisonment of mental health professionals; and psychiatrists and the defence of human rights.

It was written by Amnesty International

Amnesty link.

Your link is not correct, it is this one:

But I have read this paper and Amnesty International does not object to the concept of assisted outpatient treatment. Their paper is on abuse of psychiatry for political reasons, torture, such as ECT without medication, long term solitary confinement, rape and beatings, “disappearances” ie kidnappings/killings, usually for political reasons, and the role of psychiatrists in the death penalty.

There’s nothing in there about requiring people to get a shot monthly or attend counseling because they’ve had a history of legal trouble while psychotic, or will deteriorate and become homeless or commit suicide. Nor does it object to hospitalizing people who need to be hospitalized, whether those people know it or not.

As the number of psychiatric hospital beds began dramatically decreasing in the 1960s, rates of imprisonment of the mentally ill went up just as dramatically. Today, individuals who lack the hospital care they need are routinely arrested for bizarre (and criminal) behaviors that hospitalization could have prevented; at least six times more mentally ill individuals are now incarcerated than hospitalized.

I can’t copy/paste the chart, but look at the chart in the article. You will see how as the rates of hospitalization plummeted in the US, those same people were instead incarcerated.

Amnesty International probably has more of a problem with people who should be in hospitals being in prison instead.

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