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  • Indications for hospitalization usually include the patient's being considered to pose a serious threat of harm to self or others or being unable to care for self and needing constant supervision or support.

  • Other possible indications for hospitalization include general medical or psychiatric problems that make outpatient treatment unsafe or ineffective.

  • Legal proceedings to achieve involuntary hospitalization are indicated when patients decline voluntary status and hospitalization is clearly warranted.

  • Alternative treatment settings such as day or partial hospitalization, home care, family crisis therapy, crisis residential care, and assertive community treatment should be considered for patients who do not need formal hospitalization for their acute episodes but require more intensive services than can be expected in a typical outpatient setting.

  • Patients may be moved from one level of care to another on the basis of the factors described in Table 4.

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TABLE 4. Factors Affecting Choice of Treatment Setting or Housing

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TABLE 4. Factors Affecting Choice of Treatment Setting or Housing
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TABLE 4. Factors Affecting Choice of Treatment Setting or Housing

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