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The Scattergood Program for Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care is housed in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. The ScattergoodEthics Program aims to elevate the national conversation about the ethics of research, treatment, and delivery of behavioral health care.


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Health Magazine | All About the Psychedelic Club Drug Being Used to Treat Depression | November 4, 2015 | Read Article

Social Work Today | "Article Stirs Debate on Long-Term Psychiatric Care" | July-August | Read Article

Newsworks | "Should digital health records include mental health?" | July 10, 2015 | Read Article

The Philadelphia Inquirer | "Bill a good start in reforming mental-health care" | July 2, 2015 | Read Article

Australian Broadcast Corporation | "Controversial ketamine clinic linked to sex treatment company as medical board launches investigation" | June 15, 2015 | Read Article 

VICE | "The Life, Death, and Possible Resurrection of the Asylum" | April 27, 2015 | Read Article

The New York Times | "The Modern Asylum" | February 18, 2015 | Read Article

About Us

The Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care (ScattergoodEthics) is housed within the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.  

ScattergoodEthics is dedicated to education, research, and resource development for the field of psychiatric, mental, and behavioral healthcare ethics. The program engages in scholarly research, trains and educates clinicians and scholars in mental and behavioral healthcare ethics, sponsors programs and public events, and promotes and advocates for greater attention to the ethical dimensions of diagnosis and treatment.  ScattergoodEthics is funded in large part by the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation. 

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A Debate on Treating Mental Illness: Should We Bring Back Asylums?

Dominic Sisti, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Renee Binder, M.D., University of California, San Francisco; Incoming President, American Psychiatric Association

Dr. Gloria Duffy, President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club — Moderator

July 22, 2015

Recent Events

NOVEMBER 12, 2015  | Giving Asylum? The Ethics of Long-Term Care for People with Severe Mental Illness | SUNY Upstate Medical University

JULY 22, 2015 | A Debate on Treating Mental Illness: Should We Bring Back Asylums? | The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco |  Listen

JUNE 11-13, 2015 | 7th Journal of Ethics in Mental Health Conference | Cobourg, Ontario

JUNE 7-9, 2015 | Detroit-Wayne Mental Health Association 1st Annual Interdisciplinary Mental Health Conference | Detroit, MI

MAY 16-20, 2015 | 4th Annual Scattergood-APA Ethics Track | American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting | Toronto, ON



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