The APA Model Law and Three Legal Issues in Mental Health

Wynne S. Korr

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The needs of nondangerous mentally ill persons, the right of patients to refuse treatment, and professionals' duty to warn about the potential for dangerous behavior are important and controversial legal issues. The author considers the difficulties social workers have in implementing the principles and discusses the likely effects of the American Psychiatric Association's proposed model law on mental health services, particularly in the context of inadequate community care resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-266
Number of pages8
JournalHealth and Social Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)


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