Economic grand rounds: Can states implement involuntary outpatient commitment within existing state budgets?

@article{Swartz2013EconomicGR,
  title={Economic grand rounds: Can states implement involuntary outpatient commitment within existing state budgets?},
  author={Marvin S. Swartz and Jeffrey W. Swanson},
  journal={Psychiatric services},
  year={2013},
  volume={64 1},
  pages={7-9}
}
Many states have not implemented involuntary outpatient commitment, possibly believing that the program is too costly. A review of New York State's experience found that even though the state had appropriated funds for implementing outpatient commitment, overall cost savings were realized. This column presents an analysis in which net costs of outpatient commitment were calculated by using data from a randomized controlled study in North Carolina, where court-ordered treatment was implemented… CONTINUE READING

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