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Involuntary psychiatric care for inmates in France: Only for "dangerous" patients?

Abstract : The unités hospitalières spécialement aménagées (UHSA) are full-time inpatient psychiatric units for inmates in France. Their creation has been associated with several advances in access to psychiatric care for inmates in recent years. However, there is still only one means of involuntary hospitalization for prisoners in France: care by decision of a representative of the state (les soins sur décision d'un représentant de l'état [SDRE]). Interestingly, for SDRE to be recognized as legal by the French judge, the patient must be "a danger to himself or to the others". Thus, there is a major difference with involuntary hospitalization outside the prison, and there are specific criteria for involuntary psychiatric hospitalization for inmates in France. This situation questions the general framework of involuntary psychiatric care and is very inconsistent with French law. Indeed, the goal of the loi no 94-43 du 18 janvier 1994 relating to public health and social protection is to ensure equivalent care for all patients, incarcerated or not.
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Thomas Fovet, M. Bertrand, Mathilde Horn, W. Si Mohammed, D. Dandelot, et al.. Involuntary psychiatric care for inmates in France: Only for "dangerous" patients?. L'Encéphale, Elsevier Masson, 2017, L’Encéphale, 44 (6), pp.568-570. ⟨10.1016/j.encep.2017.09.004⟩. ⟨hal-02503027⟩



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