The purpose of this thesis is to offer a policy analysis of Laura’s Law. This analysis presented a background on the history of mental illness in order for the reader to have an understanding of the events leading up to Laura’s Law legislation. The analysis addressed the intention, objectives, values, effects, and expectations of the policy. David Gil’s (1992) analytic framework was utilized to assess this policy.
It was found that although the intention behind Laura’s Law is to maintain the safety and health of the community, it is ineffective in its function. Furthermore, the implementation of AOT programs can negatively affect other programs already in place by taking away their funding. To conclude, this analysis offers possible alternatives to provide more effective and efficient mental health treatment.
|Commitee:||Potts, Marylin, Wilson, Steve|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||"Laura's Law", AB 1421, AOT, Commitment, Involuntary|
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