From the psychiatric hospital to the community: Integrating conditional release and contingency management

Eric B. Elbogen, Alan J. Tomkins

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Psychiatric hospital recidivism has been and continues to be a persistent problem in treating individuals with chronic mental illness. Conditional release, a form of involuntary outpatient commitment, has been suggested as one possible solution. Guided by therapeutic jurisprudence, this article presents a proposal about conditional release that would maximize convergence of social values and would be empirically testable. Specifically, a scientifically validated treatment intervention for individuals with chronic mental illness, contingency management, is integrated with conditional release. From this proposal, a number of empirical hypotheses and legal questions about discharging psychiatric patients are generated and discussed. (C) 2000 John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-444
Number of pages18
JournalBehavioral Sciences and the Law
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 16 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Law

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