Review of Alaska Mental Health Statutes
138 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2016
Date Written: 2016
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
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