The Act extensively revises the criteria and procedures for inpatient and outpatient commitment of mentally ill persons, alcoholics, and drug abusers. It allows physicians at community mental health facilities and state hospitals to initiate outpatient treatment for persons not meeting the inpatient criteria but requiring regular treatment to avoid the need for hospitalization. It provides procedures to remove an outpatient who fails to comply with a treatment plan to a mental health facility for treatment before his or her condition requires hospitalization.
Georgia State University Law Review,
MENTAL HEALTH Treatment of Mentally Ill Persons / Alcoholics / Drug Abusers: Outpatient / Inpatient Procedures,
Ga. St. U. L. Rev.
Available at: https://readingroom.law.gsu.edu/gsulr/vol2/iss2/19