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Citation

Papapietro DJ. J. Am. Acad. Psychiatry Law 2019; ePub(ePub): ePub.

Affiliation

Dr. Papapietro is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, Division of Law & Psychiatry, Yale University, New Haven, CT, and a Forensic Psychologist, Whiting Forensic Hospital, Middletown, CT. daniel.papapietro@ct.gov.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Publisher American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law)

DOI

10.29158/JAAPL.003815-19

PMID

30745325

Abstract

Risk assessment in a forensic hospital is a complex process. Decisions made about individuals and their lives cannot be made lightly and must include relevant information from as many sources as possible. The forensic hospital and the greater legal system that oversees forensic treatment have an obligation to protect the safety of the community. Thus, any decision about a forensic patient's progress from high to low security or eventual transition and discharge into the community must be thoughtful and balanced, and must include input from the patients themselves. Eliciting and providing for patients to articulate how they perceive their own risk and potential stressors and triggers can be potentially helpful in managing their day-to-day progress, safety, and eventual transition out of the hospital.

© 2019 American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.


Language: en

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