This is a policy analysis of the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (LPS) of 1969 designed to provide in the state of California involuntary inpatient care in times of crises to those with a severe and persistent mental illness. The analysis focuses on the commitment process, evaluation and treatment of adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illnesses. This analysis also includes Assembly Bill 1424, the influential amendment to the LPS Act, which allows for an individual's historical course of psychiatric treatment to be presented during evaluation and treatment. The analysis focuses on the historical events leading up to the enactment of the legislation, the primary components of the policy, recent trends in the epidemic affecting the reauthorizations, and future needs of the individuals being evaluated for psychiatric hospitalization, and those affected by admision and after-care services. The analysis found that while the LPS Act was introduced as a response to the movement of deinstitutaionalization, there is much more work to done in terms of policy that governs the evaluation and treatment of individuals living with severe and persitent mental illnesses.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Public policy|
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