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involuntary treatment, information


Specializes in Corrections/psych. Has 9 years experience.

I work at an inpatient psych unit in a prison. we have a patient on involuntary status. The doctor changed the inmate's medication, and said to not tell the patient. The doctor tells me its legal, that we don't need to tell the inmate because they are involuntary status. It's hard to just Google this answer. Maybe someone here know the answer?

Orca, ASN, RN

Specializes in Corrections, psychiatry, rehab, LTC. Has 26 years experience.

It depends upon the laws in your state. Here, the orders that we get for forced medications are specific as to what is authorized. If changes are made, another forced medication panel must be convened first to approve the changes.

Edited by Orca

Depends on if the meds are ordered as "Involuntary" by the MD, you can try to tell then what the med is,  if it is safe to do so but not required.