Although there is some variation, the way these laws work in other states is simple: AOT laws preempt older statutes that only allow the mentally ill to be forcibly institutionalized for treatment if they've done harm to themselves or others. This is possible because AOT laws allow a state to institutionalize a mentally ill person for treatment if the state has reason to suspect such institutionalization will prevent the individual from doing harm to self or others.
Why didn't the legislation pass? Because the ACLU and other "civil liberties" groups and individuals cried foul. The ACLU in particular said 452 would "infringe on patients' privacy rights by expanding [the circle of] who can medicate individuals without their consent." They also said it infringed on patient rights by reducing the number of doctors' opinions necessary to commit someone to institutionalization.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
RECENTLY DEFEATED CONNECTICUT MENTAL HEALTH BILL MAY HAVE STOPPED FRIDAY'S SHOOTER
I just can't believe this. SANE people want to bring back not what we have before 1972, but maybe a more focused approach to those who really need to be housed...and it gets shot down.