Catherine Cerulli Helps SARDAA Understand: Is Required Treatment Coercive or Does it Help Individuals Regain Independence?

Catherine Cerulli photoOn October 26, 2013 Catherine Cerulli, J.D., Ph.D. discussed her research, at SARDAA’s second annual conference, on the effectiveness and perception of assisted outpatient treatment. Court-ordered psychiatric treatment is intended to benefit the person with mental illness, their family, and society at large. It is usually the result of an individual breaking the law due to their psychiatric illness. Legally mandated treatment includes mental health courts, drug courts, mandated outpatient treatment programs, conditional release programs, probation, parole, and forensic assertive community treatment.

Research concluded that some people felt coerced into treatment (because they would have to go to jail if they didn’t agree to the treatment program), but many of them felt it was their choice. Furthermore, individuals who initially resented the treatment program usually changed their minds once their mental illness stabilized, and if they had a positive experience with the providers.

Catherine Cerulli, J.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Director, Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization, University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York and newly appointed director of the University’s Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership.

Dr. Cerulli an educator, advocate, research investigator and entrepreneur authored numerous articles. She is dedicated to help those afflicted with schizophrenia and their families and improving access to information and support, Dr. Cerulli is also a practicing attorney with expertise in providing consultation to individuals involved in the criminal and civil court systems.  Her particular area of interest is family violence and conflict.

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