2 thoughts on “Assisted Outpatient Treatment: Why It’s Needed

  • January 18, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    TAC is one of the biggest reasons I didn’t see a psychiatrist for many years. I was afraid I would end up with someone who thought like they do. I’m not a criminal and not the least bit interested in being treated like one.

    • January 19, 2013 at 12:47 am

      Hi Claire: Thank you for your post. I do understand your concern.

      Let me reassure you that TAC, Assisted Outpatient Treatment, and other forms of legal orders to receive treatment (tx) is in the best interest of the individual. It is not tx that an individual is “forced” to have unless they are a clear danger to themselves or others. Your fear is obviously supported by a perception of being labeled, which is understandable.

      One clarification I’d like to make about the TAC is that I don’t think they seek to “institutionalize criminals” or label people. Their goal, at least from what I have learned, is to get tx for those being treated like criminals. Unfortunately, many patients end up being treated like criminals because they don’t receive proper tx and end up doing something that lands them in the hands of police.

      De-crminalizing mental illness is the goal and the goal of this blog too.
      Thanks for commenting


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