Mental Health Care in Emergencies. Persons with pre-existing disorders are more likely to depend…

Mental Health Care in Emergencies. Persons with pre-existing disorders are more likely to depend…

Mental Health Care in Emergencies.

Persons with pre-existing disorders are more likely to depend on a particular treatment regimen that is believed to optimally balance benefits and risks. The obligation to try to maintain this particular regimen differs from a duty to provide the safest mental health “first aid” for an individual with an acute mental disorder. Persons with pre-existing disorders may also have mental health advance directives or other plans that set out their preferences should they suffer a deterioration and a loss of capacity. Family members may also be aware of their preferences and norms. Ideally, these directives would be respected. For those with acute disorders that result in a loss of capacity, a “best interest” or substituted judgment standard may apply.

This tool is intended as a resource for health care providers and administrators, public health officials, emergency planners, clergy, and their public and private sector partners who seek an enhanced understanding of the ethical issues that may arise during and after emergencies relative to mental and behavioral health. Information about additional resources is provided at the end of the document.

Question 1.

Topic//: Mental Health Care in Emergencies.

Individuals with mental disorders should not be segregated from patients with other illnesses unless there are risks related to these individuals’ own or others’ health and safety, or unless their needs could be better met in a separate facility.

Research Paper

Submit your 10pages, double-spaced (plus title page and references) paper on the ethical aspects of a selected public health policy or practice providing a detailed moral analysis of the policy or issue. Be sure that your paper utilizes APA style and format.

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