: Joel Sax comments on some of the inconsistencies of the Mental Health System
; clinicians citing "patient rights" so they'll release someone who is "gravely disabled" if they've got someone to vouch for them; and
of advocates, who argue it is someone's stated preference, even when an action is certain to result in harm.
He makes note of how easy it is to get out of hospital during an initial court approval phase, but contrasts this with the state's aggressive desire to be draconian in forcing unwanted treatment.
Then Joel provides a link to a site that gives information on psychiatric advance directives
, a little used "tool" that can help protect a person's wishes for what they see as proper forms of care. By the way, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
also provides info on psychiatric advocance directives as well.