Program Compelling Outpatient Treatment for Mental Illness Is Working, Study Says

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A  new study suggests that New York’s Kendra’s Law, which funds the state's out-patient commitment program is cost-effective.  People in the program were less likely to be hospitalized or arrested and more likely to refill their medication and keep appointments.  Under Kendra's Law, program participants receive 24 hr support from a team of providers, much like Assertive Community Treatment programs.  The article did not discuss whether or not the study was able to isolate the direct cause of the program's success.  In other words, we do not know if the high-quality array of services of the highly funded program would afford participants the same success  without the court order.  

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