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(p. 3) The Legal Context 

(p. 3) The Legal Context
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(p. 3) The Legal Context
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Debra A. Pinals

and Douglas Mossman

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780195329148.003.0001
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date: 23 October 2020

Chapter 1 presents the legal context of civil commitment (the legal mechanism through which the government deprives persons of their liberty because of mental illness). It discusses the sociolegal purpose and history in US law, civil commitment laws and legal standards, using case law examples, general legal standards of commitment criteria, legal procedures and related concepts.

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