The purpose of hospitalization is stabilization, not imprisonment. Once we open our mind to the full purpose of involuntary commitment and assisted outpatient treatment, we can possibly offer the flexibility that families and caretakers of the severely ill desire.
As a proponent of outpatient and less restrictive care, I encourage you to consider options that best suits your situation. But I also encourage families to seek inpatient care, residential care, and hospitalization if strict monitoring is needed. To reduce negative consequences, inpatient care is often needed for people likely to end up in bad scenarios.
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