a 1975 lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court wherein it was established that people can't be committed against their will to a facility on the sole premise of cognitive disease if they aren't hazardous to themselves or other people and are capable of surviving safely outside the institution. A lower court ruling in this case helped the court in its end ruling in Wyatt r. Stickncy concerning the right to remediation with non-voluntary commitment.
What is O'CONNOR V DONALDSON?
Written by Pam MS, NCSP | Fact checked by Psychology Dictionary staff
O'CONNOR V DONALDSON: "O'Connor vs. Donaldson was a serious turning point in the American culture among the mentally ill population."
About the Psychology Dictionary
Psychology Dictionary is the most comprehensive source of psychology definitions online with over 20K definitions written by our global team of psychiatrist & psychology professionals. ...more