CTO Case Study

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Introduction Community treatment actions otherwise known as CTOs can be used to help many individuals with mental illness and their families. If an individual has been in the hospital under the Mental Health Act the person’s physician usually psychiatrist can arrange for community treatment order (Byrick & Renshaw, 2012). This is to help the patient comply with the doctor’s orders while not in the hospital. CTO is a doctor’s orders for a person to receive treatment as well as supervision while in the community. This is used as a care and treatment plan to help with the patients needs ranging from medications to appointments. The purpose of a CTO as stated by Byrick and Walker-Renshaw (2012) from the Mental Health Act: 33.1(3): “The purpose…show more content…
CTOs want to show that they are there to ensure that individuals receive proper treatment when they are not able to care for themselves (Alberta Government, 2014). One of the main benefits of CTOs is that it is used as an alternative to hospitals. The people who are receiving the treatment are able to live on their own while following their doctors care plan. The person also has members of the communities to help look after them to make sure they are making progress and causing no danger to themselves or others (Gibbs, Dawson, & Ansley, 2010). With being able to live in the community it can stop the stigma against mental illness as well as helps to include people within society. After being discharged from the hospital it gives the patient the chance to live without being restricted but still having to follow specific directions from doctors and…show more content…
They are able to have access to doctors and therapy as well as medication that is needed to help make their life more stable (Gibbs, Dawson, & Ansley, 2010). Mentally ill people who are apart of CTOs help to get their medication figured out to make sure they are able to be stable while living in the public CTOs help to form a sense of security for the person in treatment because they are able to help with their illness and improve their health. It also helps to show a sense of security for society because they realize that mentally ill people are getting help and not going to be bothering them (Vaughn et al, 2008). With the people who undergo community treatment orders are to follow the treatment and care plan for 6 months, which within this time doctor can renew it at any time if they feel the patient needs more time following their prescribed treatment. This 6-month period helps to get patients in the routine of following doctor’s orders for medication and treatment to help get them stable for when they no longer work with
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