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Film and Media Workshop

AAAP Annual Meeting Rancho Bernardo Inn
17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr
San Diego, CA 92128

Outpatient Commitment: The Pros, Cons and Realities of Leveraged Outpatient Care

Chairperson: Larissa Mooney, MD, President of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Division in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA

Presenters: Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, Co-editor of Behavioral Addictions (Elsevier), author of Infidelity (Hachette) and Bedlam (Penguin Random House) and director of films for PBS and HBO; David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction and Clean: Overcoming Addiction.; and Taun Hall, founder of the Miles Hall Foundation

After the introduction by Chair Dr. Larissa Mooney, Dr. Rosenberg will briefly review the basic concepts of assisted outpatient treatment, mental health court, and civil vs. criminal courts. We will show 15 minutes of a film-in-progress on outpatient commitment. Among the issues that activist Taun Hall (AB-988 Miles Hall Act), writer David Sheff (Beautiful Boy), and psychiatrist Dr. Aaron Meyer will address are preserving civil liberties and the dignity of the patient vs. the judiciary, medical community and police imposing standards for care and behavior, the roles of family, new developments in California law, and the impacts of racism, financial inequities and stigma.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain basic terms of outpatient commitment as it concerns serious mental illness.
  • Understand the nuances of social and economic inequity.
  • Identify the necessary elements of leveraged treatment.
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