San Diego County Studies Court-Ordered Treatment


San Diego county is engaged in a 90-day study (begun March 19) of whether to adopt Laura’s Law, a California State statute that allows for court-ordered treatment and forced medication.

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Of further interest:
San Diego County considers forcing residents to take psychiatric medication under Laura’s Law (Natural News)

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. I absolutely am in love with whoever wrote that article. I have never in my life seen hundreds of comments, all by different readers, universally condemn home forced drugging laws.

    UNIVERSAL CONDEMNATION from over 100 commenters Facebook verified.

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    • I can not find the comments you speak of. I even signed up for that site to see if maybe they were hidden for non-members but after I logged in there was still nothing. Are you sure you didn’t read them someplace else? If so, I would like to know where so I can read them.

      Oh, unless you meant from naturalnews, from the Of Further Interest link.

      Yeah, people at natural news hate psychiatry… Unfortunately, they are also considered a bunch of anti-government, the-end-is-near, barricade yourself in your homes with weapons wackos…

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      • I only visited the Natural News link.

        You think they are “a bunch of whackos”?

        Regardless of anyone’s politics or religion, if they are against forced psychiatry, and have the vote, and have the ability to lobby legislators, they are good with me.

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        • Well it’s been awhile since I’ve read around there but the last time I did they were talking along the lines of being or becoming “sovereign citizens”, refusing to accept police authority, carrying guns without permit, ect. It surprised me, since I thought the site was a place for nature-y stuff like herbal tea and whatnot, typically a scene for hippies and the such. Then next thing I know, Mike Adams (The founder, I think) is talking about shooting the police for trespassing and carrying concealed guns in states that do not permit it.

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