The Mark Costello Act For Assisted Outpatient Treatment.
Griffin said only a few decades ago, many with mental illness in this country were institutionalized, often against their will. With the move toward deinstitutionalization and community based treatment, laws were passed to ensure patients with mental illness could only be forced into treatment if they were an eminent threat to themselves or others.
HB 1697 outlines circumstances which would allow judges to order individuals to participate in an assisted outpatient treatment program:
- if petitioned by immediate family members or guardians or those directly involved with the individual’s treatment.
- The individual must be 18 years or older,
- under the care of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and
- unlikely to survive safely in the community without supervision.