Part I of this Note reviews California law concerning the treatment of potentially dangerous patients, including both the duty to warn and the civil commitment process.s Part II examines the impact of the Ewing decision on the therapist's duty to warn. Part III proposes the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act ("LPS Act") as a suitable framework for dealing with potentially dangerous patients that, if used correctly, obviates the need to expand the triggering criteria for the duty to warn and circumvents the negative ramifications of the Ewing decision. The Note concludes that this framework provides a superior compromise, better protecting both patient confidentiality and potential victims.
Gwynneth F. Smith,
Ewing v. Goldstein and the Therapist's Duty to Warn in California, 36 Golden Gate U. L. Rev.