From the psychiatric hospital to the community: integrating conditional release and contingency management.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Psychiatric hospital recidivism has been and continues to be a persistent problem in treating individuals with chronic mental illness. Conditional release, a form of involuntary outpatient commitment, has been suggested as one possible solution. Guided by therapeutic jurisprudence, this article presents a proposal about conditional release that would maximize convergence of social values and would be empirically testable. Specifically, a scientifically validated treatment intervention for individuals with chronic mental illness, contingency management, is integrated with conditional release. From this proposal, a number of empirical hypotheses and legal questions about discharging psychiatric patients are generated and discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Elbogen, EB; Tomkins, AJ

Published Date

  • 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 427 - 444

PubMed ID

  • 11018777

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0735-3936

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/1099-0798(2000)18:4<427::aid-bsl387>;2-x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States