This paper reviews the debate over civil commitment to outpatient settings of people with mental illness who are considered too ill and/or too dangerous to be left on their own in their communities. The choices of two states — Maryland and New York — in dealing with this issue are reviewed. Alternative ways of drawing people into treatment and keeping them there are also discussed.
Sirica, Coimbra, "Outpatient Commitment in Mental Health: Is Coercion the Price of Community Services?" (2000). National Health Policy Forum. Paper 51.