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“Assisted Outpatient Treatment”: An Example of Newspeak?: In Reply
E. Fuller Torrey, M.D.; Jonathan Stanley, J.D.
Psychiatric Services 2013; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.641109
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The authors are affiliated with the Treatment Advocacy Center, Arlington, Virginia.

Copyright © 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association

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In Reply: Roskes claims that “assisted outpatient treatment” and “involuntary outpatient commitment” are the same and accuses us of making “a deliberate attempt to make the intervention seem less coercive and therefore more palatable.” In fact, the term “assisted outpatient treatment” was coined by one of us (JS) in collaboration with the staff of the Treatment Advocacy Center to differentiate it from involuntary outpatient commitment. The difference is subtle but important.

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