I am writing in response to Michael Levin-Epstein's June article about assisted outpatient treatment. New York providers were forced to take on Kendra's Law without additional funding for client evaluations. In the long run, though, Kendra's Law has been of considerable help in getting a lot of very sick people into treatment. It is only after treatment that a person is able to see how sick he/she was. Many times simply the threat of court action has convinced people to enter treatment.
My daughter has schizoaffective, bipolar, and borderline personality disorders. If she were to stop and refuse treatment, I would not hesitate for a minute in doing what I needed to do to get her back into treatment.
Lisa Michaelsen, RN, Member, Board of Visitors, Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Buffalo, New York