NAMI FAQ Section

My friend/family member won't follow recommended treatment. What can I do to make him follow through?

In the United States, noncompliance is not a crime and therefore medication or therapy is not enforceable except in the case of minors and those who are a danger to themselves or others. NAMI offers education programs and support groups that can assist consumers and family members/friends that are living with mental illness. In extreme cases where a person may be a danger to themselves or others, a friend or family member can petition the courts to have the person mandated to obtain treatment (inpatient or outpatient). Your local NAMI will have more information particular to your state laws concerning these procedures, or you can contact the state office.


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