Outpatient commitment of the mentally ill is court-ordered treatment in the community and is usually characterized by short, recurring visits to a mental health clinic that provides treatment such as medication, individual or group therapy, day or part-day activities or supervision of living arrangements. The history and design of the North Carolina preventive commitment scheme and constitutional difficulties with this statute are discussed.
Erika F. King,
Outpatient Civil Commitment in North Carolina: Constitutional and Policy Concerns,
58 Law and Contemporary Problems
Available at: http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/lcp/vol58/iss2/10