The purpose of this thesis was to present an analysis of the Law Enforcement Metal Health and Wellness Act passed in 2018. Emphasis in this thesis was placed on the causes and theorized causes of negative law enforcement mental health and wellness outcomes, most common mental health problems in this population, and the strengths and limitations of this specific policy to improve law enforcement mental health and wellness outcomes. Gil’s analytic framework was utilized to evaluate this policy. Additionally, the implications of this policy on the social work profession and on society as a whole were discussed. This policy analysis illustrates that mental health and wellness concerns that have been growing over the last few years are now at the forefront of political and social concern. It also illustrates that while there are a number of interventions being applied for the betterment of this population, there remains a need for the implementation of evidence-based practices specific to law enforcement officers as a population. It is evident that a social work perspective is necessary in the creation of policy to ensure evidence-based practices, respect for the dignity and worth of the client population, and evaluation of environmental influences. Future recommendations for the betterment of care for this population are also discussed.
|Commitee:||Ranney, Molly, Santhiveeran, Janaki|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 82/2(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Law enforcement, Mental health|
|Keywords:||Law enforcement officer, Mental health, Mental health and wellness, Police, Police officer|
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