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An empirical study of emergency commitment
Am J Psychiatry 1989;146:182-186.
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The authors examine the emergency commitment process in one Oregon county and present data that document the impact of a local detention facility. The study reconfirms the dependence of commitment processes on the mental health system in which they occur, illustrates the relative inability of specific laws to determine the actual nature of commitment processes, provides support for the concept of community care for the people involved, and points to the need for additional research to clarify the effects of commitment procedures.

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