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By Octavio N. Martinez Jr. and Gregory Vincent
March 29, 2016

In 2009, a team of Duke University researchers set out to answer one of the thorniest questions at the intersection of mental health policy and race: Is the practice of involuntary outpatient commitment used more often with African-Americans than whites? And if so, what does that mean?

It was an important question to answer seven years ago. It's even more important now, on two fronts.