Each day someone in Orange County who is
suffering with a mental illness, goes untreated.
Many aren’t receiving care because .... Laura’s Law has not been implemented in Orange County.
Laura’s Law is a California State law that can help remove some
of the barriers that stand between illness and recovery.
The law was written such that, each individual California county
can decide whether or not to implement this law.
Watch this short video about
Laura's Law implementation in Nevada County, CA
Judge Tom Anderson Presiding Judge, Superior Court of California County of Nevada
"Laura's Law provides an effective tool to help people who are in
serious danger of being involuntarily hospitalized or incarcerated or
worse. The impact of Laura’s Law interventions has been proven to save
people from severe mental health deterioration, increase voluntary
participation in their own mental health care, increase personal and
social stability, decrease the need for crisis intervention and saving
of lots of taxpayer money. There is no good reason to not implement
Laura’s Law. In fact, under the current circumstances (considering the
budget issues and standards of care) the failure to utilize Laura’s Law
might be considered negligent."
Please also watch the video posted under, "Poor Insight"to understand why Laura's Law is needed to help those too ill to help themselves.
A Functional Outlineof Laura's Law - AB 1421
signed into CA law in 2002, allows court-ordered, intensive outpatient treatment
for people with severe mental illnesses who refuse medication because the
illness impairs their ability to make rational decisions.
In those counties that adopt it, the AB 1421 program would
permit people who are severely disabled by mental illness--and
currently caught in a revolving door of homelessness, incarceration, and
hospitalization--to receive timely, continuous, and supervised
treatment in the community.