Mental Health And Its Effects On The Life And Wellbeing Of The Client

792 Words Dec 7th, 2015 4 Pages
Due to the fact that the majority of mental health courts require a guilty plea, mental health court clients are automatically convicted of a crime. Being convicted of a crime has collateral consequences. (McAleer, 2010) Collateral consequences that may occur may include the limitation of employment opportunities, elimination of access to public housing, disenfranchisement, elimination of welfare benefits and financial aid. (The Sentencing Project, 2015) These potential collateral consequences have the ability to have a major impact on the life and wellbeing of the client, therefore, I recommended the complete elimination of the mandatory guilty plea. The fact that the majority of mental health courts require forced medication is problematic. Although mental health courts are voluntary, and offenders may benefit from medication, it is not ethical to force offenders to take medication against their will. (McAleer, 2010) Psychiatric medication are particularly known to carry serious short and long term side effects. Some serious side effects include impaired mental function, seizures, high blood pressure, obesity and sedation. (Perez- Pena, 2010) Aside from the side effects individuals have personal, religious and cultural reasons for refusing to take medication. It is my opinion that if an individual is not a harm to themselves or others it is simply not ethical to force a human being to take medication against their will. Therefore, I would completely eliminate forced…

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