This policy analysis reviews and evaluates the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (LPS), California's current commitment law regulating the involuntary admission of individuals with mental illness to mental institutions. The analysis presents a historic overview of how the mentally ill have been viewed and treated by our society in the past. It furthermore discusses the phenomenon of deinstitutionalization, which took place throughout the United States in the 1960s and 70s due to many states changing their commitment laws. The intended and unintended effects of deinstitutionalization on the mentally ill are presented, pros and cons are discussed, and suggestions for an improvement of the current LPS are made.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Social work|
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