Kendra's Law Term Paper by Peter Pen

Kendra's Law
An analysis of the pros and cons of the creation of Kendra's Law.
# 95010 | 1,469 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2007
Published on May 14, 2007 in Psychology (Disorders) , Law (General)

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This paper analyzes the policy behind Kendra's Law, which was a law created following the murder of a woman by a mentally ill man. The paper discusses the legal situation prior to the creation of the law and then discusses the aims that the government wishes to achieve with the creation of the new law. The paper discusses issues relating to the law and presents some of the arguments for and against it.

Table of Contents:
Scope of the Problem
Operation of Kendra's Law - NY Version
Analysis of Kendra's Law Related Issues

From the Paper:

"According to Kendra's Law, the courts are permitted to order people living with mental illness in the community to comply with a physician-designed outpatient treatment plan. The petition process can be started by the roommate of the person, a parent, spouse, adult child or adult sibling of the person, the director of a hospital where the person is hospitalized, the director of a public or charitable organization assisting the person, the director of an agency or home that provides mental health services to the person or in whose institution the person resides, a qualified psychiatrist who is either treating the person or supervising the treatment of the person for mental illness, a licensed psychologist or licensed social worker who is treating the person for mental illness, the director of community services or social services official of the city or county where the person is present or is reasonably believed to be present or a parole officer or probation officer assigned to supervise the person."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aebersold, Alicia; 2006; Mayor Chavez to launch Kendra's Law in Albuquerque; Treatment Advocacy Center News
  • Applebaum, Paul; Law & Psychiatry: Assessing Kendra's Law: Five Years of Outpatient Commitment in New York; Psychiatric Services, Arlington: Jul 2005. Vol. 56, Iss 7, pg. 791.
  • Chen, Michelle, Law to Force Mental Illness Treatment Raises Ire of Civil Libertarians; News Article; The NewStandard, 2006, retrieved 3/18/07.
  • Daly, Rich; New Mexico Declines to Board Outpatient Commitment Bandwagon; Psychiatric News 2006 41:7
  • Galambos, C., Watt, J., Anderson, K., & Danis, F. (2005). Ethics Forum: Rural Social Work Practice: Maintaining confidentiality in the face of dual relationships. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, 2(2), . Retrieved April 15, 2007, from

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