NY law raises issues of states' reach in patient care

Washington Post, December 31, 2007
New York has one of the most far-reaching mental health statutes in the country. It gives great latitude to doctors, social workers and relatives to force mentally ill people into treatment, and it provides money for clinical services. Just how far states can go to get mentally ill people into treatment is a key issue in Virginia, which is struggling with changing its mental health system after a mentally ill gunman shot and killed 32 students and teachers at Virginia Tech in April before killing himself.

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