Outpatient Treatment Standards

Outpatient Treatment Standards
According to Section 37-3-1 (12.1), outpatient means a person who is mentally ill and:
  • (A) Who is not an inpatient but who, based on the person's treatment history or current mental status, will require outpatient treatment in order to avoid predictably and imminently becoming an inpatient
  • (B) Who because of the person's current mental status, mental history, or nature of the person's mental illness is unable voluntarily to seek or comply with outpatient treatment
  • (C) Who is in need of involuntary treatment

In Section 37-7-1 (15.1), outpatient means a person who is an alcoholic, drug-dependent individual, or drug abuser and:
  • (A) Who is not an inpatient but who, based on the person's treatment history or recurrent lack of self-control regarding the use of alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any other substances listed in paragraph (8) of this Code section, will require outpatient treatment in order to avoid predictably and imminently becoming an inpatient
  • (B) Who because of the person's current mental state and recurrent lack of self-control regarding the use of alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any other substances listed in paragraph 8 of this Code section or nature of the person's alcoholic behavior or drug dependency or drug abuse is unable voluntarily to seek or comply with outpatient treatment
  • (C) Who is in need of involuntary treatment