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Legal Issues in the Treatment of Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatients
Billie F. Corder; Thomas M. Haizlip; Lawrence D. Spears
Psychiatric Services 1976; doi:
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Psychological Services; Scott Building, Raleigh, North Carolina 27611

Child Psychiatry Training Program Dorothea Dix Hospital Raleigh, North Carolina

Supreme Court of North Dakota Bismarck, North Dakota; Raleigh, North Carolina

1976 by the American Psychiatric Association

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When planning a specialized adolescent treatment unit for a regional state mental hospital in North Carolina, staff of the child psychiatry training program explored several critical legal issues surrounding the admission, treatment, and discharge of minors, as well as issues of confidentiality. Through a question-and-answer format they conclude that, to help avoid conditions that could result in successful litigation against the hospital, parents, adolescents, and staff must have a documented, mutual agreement to and understanding of the techniques, procedures, and limitations of the treatment program. Such documentation could be provided through a signed treatment contract.

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