Mendocino County to implement 'Laura's Law'

Nov 13, 2014 12:50 PM by News Staff

MENDOCINO, Calif. (AP) - Mendocino County will test a program that allows court-coerced mental health treatment under certain conditions.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Wednesday that county supervisors unanimously approved the one-year pilot program implementing "Laura's Law."

The law is named after a young woman who was one of two people killed at a Nevada County mental health clinic in 2001 by a man who had resisted his family's attempt to force psychiatric treatment.

It allows the courts to require outpatient treatment, including medication, for mental health patients who meet certain criteria.

Mendocino will be one of just a handful of counties in the state to adopt the 2003 law.

The cost of the pilot program, which will be instituted in January, is estimated at $160,000.


Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

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