The Board of Supervisors unanimously granted final approval for full implementation of Laura’s Law, a comprehensive, treatment-based approach for the mentally ill — many of whom are incapable of recognizing their illness.
“Laura’s Law has proven to significantly improve the lives of program of participants, reduce incarceration and homelessness, and enhance public safety,” said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. “It provides a humane alternative to the revolving door of mental hospitals, jails and the street.”
The Board’s action today provides the staffing and other resources necessary to move forward with this critically needed program.
Supervisor Antonovich, who has worked tirelessly to support this effort, collaborated with former Assemblywoman Helen Thomson who authored the legislation that reformed the 1967 Lanterman-Petris-Short law.
Laura’s Law was named after Laura Wilcox who was killed by a delusional individual suffering with severe mental illness and patterned after New York State’s Kendra’s Law. Initiated by Supervisor Antonovich, the County had previously adopted a successful pilot program which has resulted in a 78% reduction in incarcerations and a 77% reduction in hospitalizations among program participants.
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