Private and public psychiatric hospitalization after Zinermon v. Burch

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The Supreme Court's decision in Zinermon v. Burch left unanswered a number of important questions. This paper discusses the case as it relates to competency to consent to voluntary psychiatric hospitalization, and examines the applicability of the Zinermon ruling for private and public psychiatric facilities. The paper also looks at how courts have dealt with competency and voluntariness after Zinermon and the implications of the decision on mental health practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-620
Number of pages14
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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