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Grading the States report released

Today Treatment Advocacy Center released a new report titled Grading the States: An Analysis of Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Laws.

This national report examines the laws that provide for involuntary treatment for psychiatric illness in each state. To do so, they asked a crucial question: Does the state law allow an individual in need of involuntary evaluation or treatment to receive timely care, for sufficient duration, in a manner that enables and promotes long-term stabilization?

As you might expect, the nation still has far to go. In fact, one out of five U.S. states received a failing grade. Overall, grades varied widely, highlighting the fact that, whether or not an individual receives appropriate care is almost entirely dependent on where he or she is in when the crisis arises.

Only a third of states received the grade of B or better, with seven receiving A grades. Florida received a C-.

Grading the States’ in-depth analysis of what the state treatment laws do – and do not – make possible is available here.

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