- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A subcommittee is looking at drafting a bill to add court-ordered outpatient care to state law as one way to address the rising cost of involuntarily hospitalizing individuals who pose a risk to themselves or others.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1DNtFUq) data presented to lawmakers Wednesday shows Natrona County leads the state in involuntary hospitalizations at 112 out of 357 cases this past fiscal year.

The state does not have a court-ordered outpatient care law, and Wyoming Association of Psychiatric Physicians president Dr. Jason Collison suggested the outpatient change. He said research shows outpatient care costs are about half as much as hospitalizing people.

Wyoming Department of Health policy analyst Stefan Johansson says Natrona County’s large population and the established medical community in Casper could have affected the data.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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