Review of Alaska Mental Health Statutes

138 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2016

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Sara Gordon

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

Melissa Piasecki

University of Nevada, Reno - University of Nevada School of Medicine

Gil Kahn

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

Dawn Nielsen

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

This report identifies key statutory provisions that we recommend be amended, a description of our findings based on interviews with stakeholders, legislative history of the Alaska statutes, reviews of national best practices and, where applicable, information about emerging areas in national mental health law for Alaska to consider in creating new law. Our recommendations are based in large part on significant advances in law and medicine in the understanding and treatment of mental illness that have occurred in the years since Alaska last made significant and substantive reforms to its criminal and civil mental health statutes. It is important to note that proper implementation of many of the suggested reforms will require significant allocation of resources and development of infrastructure throughout the state and within local communities.

Keywords: Alaska, mental health, civil commitment, competency, insanity defense

Suggested Citation

Gordon, Sara and Piasecki, Melissa and Kahn, Gil and Nielsen, Dawn, Review of Alaska Mental Health Statutes (2016). UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2771468 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2771468

Sara Gordon (Contact Author)

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Melissa Piasecki

University of Nevada, Reno - University of Nevada School of Medicine ( email )

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Gil Kahn

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law ( email )

4505 South Maryland Parkway
Box 451003
Las Vegas, NV 89154
United States

Dawn Nielsen

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law ( email )

4505 South Maryland Parkway
Box 451003
Las Vegas, NV 89154
United States

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