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Turnbull discusses the North Carolina laws concerning voluntary admission and discharge of mentally ill and disabled persons from centers and hospitals for the mentally handicapped. It also raises constitutional questions on the power of a superintendent to declare a person incompetent, and the rights of parents to admit handicapped children to a center.
Following a recent movement to expand civil rights to the domain of mental hospitalization, this article examines whether North Carolina's new laws protect those alleged to be mentally ill in courtroom commitment proceedings.
Involuntary commitment refers to committing a person to a mental health institution without the individual's consent. Legislation concerning this topic defines reasons for committing a person and how to provide proof that an individual requires professional help. The article reviews legislation changes between 1973 and 1980 both on a national and state-wide level.
Randi Davenport is an adjunct assistant professor in UNC’s Department of English and Comparative Literature. Davenport moved to Chapel Hill to find services and treatment for her son diagnosed with True Childhood Schizophrenia, but has received little help due to the complicated nature of the disorder. Davenport is now working with state officials to draft policy changes that will help people with mental illnesses.