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Laura's Law: A Program For Severely Mentally Ill People Who Refuse Treatment

Some of what Darrell Steinberg states is nonsense. Laura's Law is voluntary treatment. Clients can walk away from a treatment settlement agreement that they signed or any treatment ordered by a judge under the terms of Laura's Law, but cannot be arrested. They can be subjected to a 5150 hold, but only if they meet the criteria. MHSA money can be used for voluntary treatment services. Nevada County is using Prop 63 (MHSA) money to fund the court component of Laura's Law. San Diego County has used MHSA money to fund its Behavioral Health Court Calendar. The former California Mental Health Director, Dr. Stephen Mayberg, sent a letter to all counties instructing them that they can use MHSA money for AOT (Assisted Outpatient Treatment), the generic name for Laura's Law.

July 24, 2013 at 9:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego County Analyzes Programs For The Severely Mentally Ill

Why is our county dithering over the implementation of Laura's Law or as it is called Assisted Outpatient Treatment or AOT? AOT has been successfully implemented in 45 other states and several studies have shown it to be very effective. It is cost neutral for the first year and saves money in the second and thereafter. Best of all, it will save lives. There are hundreds of seriously mentally ill in our county who have no insight into their illness because they have a condition associated with their mental illness called anosognosia. They will not voluntarily accept treatment and will not engage with IHOT because they do not believe they are mentally ill. Laura's Law uses the "black robe effect" or the power of the court to convince them otherwise. They can walk away from a judge's court order, but the majority do not. They are not arrested even if they don't comply. The law contains full due process protections. It works. We need it now! We don't need to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on a "new" program with an unproven history and no court involvement.

July 10, 2013 at 5:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Health Court Sentences The Mentally Ill To Treatment

It's a no brainer how well it will work in SD County. Other counties much smaller than SD County have employed it successfully. Studies have proven that it is effective as are drug courts for individuals committing victimless or petty crimes. It's just a shame that it took SD County so long to implement it. As one of the largest counties in the nation, we should be one of the leaders in the entire country in implementing such programs. I guess the conservative nature of our history has played a part as to why we are behind many other areas of the US in the treatment of the mentally ill.

March 2, 2010 at 11:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )