AACAP is concerned about patient and public safety and supports reasonable and appropriate efforts to prevent violence. It is important to establish appropriate criteria to achieve this objective without inadvertently subjecting people with mental illness to further stigma and prejudice or inappropriately depriving them of their civil liberties. Policy must be guided by scientific evidence and with the confidentiality of the patient and public safety in mind. It must not inhibit individuals from seeking treatment for mental health concerns or exacerbate their mental illness.

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