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Laura’s Law

Laura’s Law is the name of California’s Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) law which provides an avenue to treatment for those with a mental illness who are not accepting help. The Laura’s Law state statute allows each county to authorize and fund an Assisted Outpatient Treatment program to provide court ordered treatment, under certain stringent conditions, for a person with severe mental illness.  

On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to implement Laura’s Law countywide, making it the third major California county – and the largest – to embrace court-ordered treatment as a tool for making treatment possible to individuals with severe mental illness who are too ill to seek help for themselves.  San Francisco, Orange, Yolo and Nevada are the other counties that are now implementing Laura’s Law.

 It is well established that Assisted Outpatient Treatment laws:


  • save lives

  • reduce homelessness and hospitalizations

  • reduce arrests and incarceration

  • reduce violence, crime, and victimization

  • help families and reduce caregiver stress

  • cost less than arrest and incarceration


The following links take you to articles and websites that can help you better understand Laura’s Law and the issues surrounding it.

Related Links

Los Angeles Takes Lauras Law County-Wide
Treatment Advocacy Center - California
How California Can Safely Release 33,000 Prisoners
Lauras Law Home Page of the Mental Illness Policy Org.
Implementing Laura’s Law in Orange County

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