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Implement Laura's Law in San Diego County

311 Signatures Goal: 500

Petition

To: San Diego County Supervisors Greg Cox, Bill Horn, Diane Jacob, Ron Roberts, Pam Slater-Price

From: The Undersigned Citizens of San Diego County

We, the undersigned citizens of San Diego County, hereby petition you, the supervisors of San Diego County, to pass a resolution implementing Laura’s Law in our county.

Laura’s Law (AB 1421) was passed by the California legislature in 2002 and patterned after Kendra’s Law of New York. However, its implementation is not mandatory and can only be adopted by a resolution of each county’s board of supervisors. Kendra’s Law or similar legislation has been successfully adopted by several other states and counties throughout the US. Laura’s Law is assisted outpatient treatment, sustained and mandated for those in the community most overcome by the symptoms of severe mental illness, and for those for whom current voluntary services have not worked. By providing assisted outpatient treatment, Laura’s Law will create an effective tool for people with severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia to get help before they become a danger to themselves or others. It will help stop the violence committed upon them or by them. It will stop the revolving door that spins too many people in and out of hospital emergency rooms, jails, and living on the streets of our county. It will save our county and the US taxpayers from continuing to shoulder the costs of these least effective options. It will protect the rights and the safety of our citizens, especially the 40-50% of those with serious mental illnesses who have no insight into their own illness and refuse the very treatment that could help them. Individual rights are fully protected under this law as the treatment recipient must meet comprehensive criteria before mandated treatment can be ordered.

We believe that Laura’s Law can be implemented in our county without diminishing funds for existing mental health programs. The San Diego Mental Health Court Calendar and Assertive Community Treatment are two programs funded by the Mental Health Services Act and now in place to support implementation.

We urge you, our supervisors, to help prevent so much needless suffering of innocent people by enabling these seriously mentally ill citizens to receive the beneficial treatment they need. Laura’s Law will bring real treatment to people who need it most.

Sponsor

Eric Revere

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  • Robert Dabaghian
    Dec 02, 2014
    Dec 02, 2014
    San Diego needs to adopt Laura's law t and help many families and their loved ones suffering from mental illness. The county also needs mobile crisis team vs the ineffective PERT or IHOT resources that county has created to address the issue.
  • Robert Dabaghian
    Robert Dabaghian United States, Carlsbad
    Dec 02, 2014
    Dec 02, 2014
    San Diego needs to adopt Laura's law t and help many families and their loved ones suffering from mental illness. The county also needs mobile crisis team vs the ineffective PERT or IHOT resources that county has created to address the issue.
  • Francie Neely
    Francie Neely United States, Santa Clarita
    Jun 06, 2014
    Jun 06, 2014
    My adult daughter is homeless in San Diego and has paranoid schizophrenia. She does not believe that there is anything wrong with her mentally and will not accept her family's entreaties to get help. Laura's Law would be immensely helpful to her and to us. There is no down side to this law. It offers the ability to help mentally ill people who roam the streets and sleep under bridges before they lose all aspects of their humanity. My granddaughter needs her mother back: please pass this law. Thank you.
  • Beverly A. Mross
    Beverly A. Mross United States, Riverside
    Mar 18, 2014
    Mar 18, 2014
    My brother-in-law is schizophreinic and
    has gone of his med's.He has a special needs trust his Mother set up, for he becomes severaly disabled without
    them he was on conservtership and in mental facilities for years.We need help.
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    Suzanne Hansen United States
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    Robert Dabaghian
    9 months ago
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    Francie Neely
    1 year ago
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    Beverly A. Mross
    1 year ago
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    harvey scott herrick, jr
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    Linda Donahue United States
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