Time magazine’s Haley Sweetland Edwards reports on a study that showed that Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) saves taxpayers “gobs of money.”
“A new study, released this week by the Health Management Associates, a consulting firm, found that states and counties that have passed laws to allow local judges to order people into short-term psychiatric treatment spend substantially less money on treating mental illness than states and counties that don’t,” writes Edwards.
Edwards’ article, however, does not distinguish between the impacts of the voluntary services offered in AOT programs from the involuntary treatment sometimes provided, which all major peer-reviewed studies on AOT have determined is crucial. Those studies have consistently found there to be no benefits to taxpayers or patients from the involuntary treatment. The only study that Edwards’ article does cite was actually “developed for” the Treatment Advocacy Center, the most prominent proponents of AOT in the country.
Should Mentally Ill People Be Forced Into Treatment? (Time, February 20, 2015)
Another Study Finds No Benefits from Forced Outpatient Treatment (Mad In America, December 26, 2014)