A bill to extend Laura’s Law — named after Nevada County resident Laura Wilcox who was tragically killed by a mentally unstable individual in January 2001 — was recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown .
The signing means the authority in the Laura’s Law statute for a county to operate, establish or continue a program of assisted outpatient treatment has been extended through 2017. Nick and Amanda Wilcox, Laura’s parents, are pleased the bill was signed.
The Wilcoxes are also pleased with the implementation of Laura’s Law in Nevada County.
The new bill extends a law that allows courts to compel people with severe mental illness and a history of arrest or violence to stay in treatment, as a condition of living in the community. The Wilcox family credit strong community support for successful implementation.
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In Nevada County — the only county in the state to have implemented Laura’s Law — these procedures have reduced forced hospitalization and incarceration of individuals with severe mental illness. The reductions have saved Nevada County $1.81 for every $1 invested in Laura’s Law.