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Civil Commitment 

Civil Commitment
Civil Commitment

Elizabeth Ford

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date: 04 August 2021

Chapter 6 covers the major legal cases that have informed the laws governing the civil commitment – involuntary hospitalization – of individuals with mental illness. The cases highlight the evolution of the emphasis on dangerousness as a critical factor in decision-making and very clearly describe the tension between individual autonomy and police power. The cases included in this chapter are Lake v. Cameron, Baxstrom v. Herold, Lessard v. Schmidt, O’Connor v. Donaldson, Addington v. Texas, and a case involving children, Parham v. J.R.

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