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J Community Psychol. 1981 Apr;9(2):140-7.

Police-referred psychiatric emergencies: advantages of community treatment.


Police traditionally have brought persons they define to be in need of psychiatric intervention to state hospitals. However, as large state facilities decline, community mental health centers must be prepared to receive these individuals. The present study defines the client population that police bring to a large, urban community mental health center. In addition, a two-year follow-up compares the dispositions of those persons brought by police to the community mental health center with the outcomes for patients treated at a state facility. Treatment benefits inherent in such a community-based program are discussed.

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