Herma Hill Kay, Louise J. Farnham, Beth Davis Karren, and Jeanne Knakal,
Legal Planning for the Mentally Retarded: The California Experience, 60
Cal. L. Rev.
Available at: http://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/facpubs/1277
Focuses on the development of legal planning for the mentally retarded in California from 1960 to 1971. Role of two pioneering organizations on the study of mental health services and retardation; Theoretical basis for requiring court commitment as part of hospital admission process; Effect of legal implications of commitment on the retarded; Impact of legal aspects on parents' motivation for the retarded's care facilities; Creation of legal tool for coordinating services on a personal basis.