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Volume 18, issue 3

Case report

Detention - and what's next?

Alfreda Ruzikowska1, Krystyna Tarczyńska1, Anna Walczyna-Leśko1
1. Klinika Psychiatrii Sądowej Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii w Warszawie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2009; 18 (3): 307-310
Keywords: detention, safety measures
Abstract

Objectives. To present a proposal how to reduce waiting times forplacement in detention units.
Case reports. Several cases are presented where the provision of outpatient care as a form of safety measure would effectively solve clinical, legal and organizational problems associated with these patients' detention.
Commentary. According to the presented proposal, outpatient care should be provided under court supervision to patients released from detention and to those who due to such care would not reąuire detention at psychiatric units representing various levels of safety measures. Court-supervised outpatient care would reąuire a modification of legal regulations on detention under Articles 93 and 94 of the penal code.

Address for correspondence:
Dr A. Ruzikowska
Klinika Psychiatrii Sądowej IPiN
al. Sobieskiego 9, 02-957 Warszawa