Nevada County Supervisors have jumped on board supporting legislation that would require all California counties to adopt Laura’s Law. Laura’s Law was passed in 2002, instigated by the tragic January 10, 2001 killings by an untreated mentally ill individual of three local Nevada County residents. But, it wasn’t fully implemented in Nevada County until 2008. The law allows for court ordered Assisted Outpatient Treatment for people with serious mental illness when a court finds that a person’s recent history indicates they are likely to become dangerous or gravely disabled without treatment. Nevada County Interim Health and Human Services Agency Director Michael Heggarty says Nevada County was the first to adopt Laura’s Law, but many counties have followed.
Assembly Bill 1193 would change the way Laura’s Law is implemented. Instead of opting in, counties would have to opt out of implementing the law.
Since 2008, 95 people in Nevada County have received positive outcomes from Laura’s Law.
Nevada County Supervisors voted unanimously to support AB 1193 changes to Laura’s Law. The bill has already gone through the Assembly Heath Committee and the Assembly Judiciary Committee, passing both unanimously and is now headed to appropriations.