Held Against Our Wills: Reimagining Involuntary Commitment

Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 May;39(5):898-901. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2019.00765.


Involuntary psychiatric treatment for people with serious mental illness should focus on returning to health instead of reducing danger.

Keywords: Involuntary commitment; Mental disorders; Psychiatric hospitals; Psychiatrists; Safety net hospitals; Schizophrenia; Surgeons; Surgery; access to care; ethics; health policy; mental health.

MeSH terms

  • Commitment of Mentally Ill
  • Humans
  • Involuntary Commitment*
  • Living Wills
  • Mental Disorders* / therapy