Cultural Relevance of Community Treatment Orders (CTOs)
Despite technological advancement in the treatment of the mentally ill, research shows that cultural competence or the knowledge base for working with people of different cultures is still lacking. According to Dean (2001), the claim of being knowledgeable of all cultures is becoming a harder task. In this paper, the author attempts to explore the importance of employing cultural competence in outpatient mental health treatment referred to as Community Treatment Orders (CTOs). CTOs or mandated outpatient (involuntary) community-based (outpatient) treatment are described as the provision of mental health treatment for the severely/persistently mentally ill in an outpatient setting with the support of service providers, which include physicians, case managers, and in some cases, care providers, with a legal backing (Torrey & Zdanowicz, 2001).
Keywords: Cultural Competence, Community Treatment Orders (CTOs), Outpatient Mental Health Treatment
Coordinator, Community Mental Health Services; Doctoral Candidate, Community Mental Health Services Coordination, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health