Civil Commitment and the Mentally Ill

Mar 29th, 2015
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Write a – three to five page informative paper on the following issues related to civil commitment of mentally ill individuals: What are the insanity statutes being used in the state you live in? How often the insanity defense is used and how successful is it? Identify and discuss the major criticisms of the insanity defense. Should the psychologist provide an ultimate opinion in sanity cases? Explain and support your reasons with use of outside sources as well as provide the ethical issues which are raised. When a mentally ill person is not seen as insane and is subsequently convicted of their charges and incarcerated, what are some of the difficulties in providing appropriate psychological treatment for these offenders while they are incarcerated?

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Civil Commitment and the Mentally IllNameClassDateProfessorCivil Commitment and the Mentally Ill Civil commitment is a court process where a judge makes a determination on whether or not a person is mentally ill and should receive mental health treatment or be committed to a mental institution. When a person is subjected to the commitment process in the state of Oregon they are referred to as the Alleged Mentally Ill Person (AMIP). In order for a person to be subjected to the civil commitment process the court process must be initiated by a doctor, county health officer, a judge, or two relatives of the AMIP as well as any licensed member of the mental health community. This includes counselors, psychologists, clinicians, and psychiatrists. Insanity statues in Oregon include Guilty Except for Insanity (GEI). This insanity defense allows the criminal defendant to plead and be found to be mentally ill or retarded but still guilty of the crime they committed. Once the criminal defendant is found Guilty Except for Insanity they will come under the authority of the Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB) who will place them either in a mental health facility or place them in jail under the care of a mental health clinician. If the criminal defendant accepted a plea deal or they are found guilty of a misdemeanor they will either be placed in a mental institution or be required to attend mental health treatment. The Psychiatric Security Re

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