Thanks to my colleague Khatera Aslami from the Pool of Consumer Champions in Alameda County California for sharing this report:
The Bay Area survivor and peer movement came out strong recently, pushing the Alameda Board of Supervisors to table a proposed expansion of forced outpatient commitment.
AB 1421, more commonly known as Laura’s Law, says that if a court or judge decides that a person with mental health issues requires treatment, they must abide by a plan determined by a team of professionals on an outpatient basis. The law was passed in California in 2002 but is conditional on California county approval for implementation. Fueled by sensational accounts of the death of Laura Wilcox, who was killed by a man with a psychiatric diagnosis, AB 1421 holds the false promise that force and coercion are the solution to help people in emotional distress.
At the Alameda Board meeting, Supervisors set that aside, and called for a new vote for a “compassionate alternative” — a real victory for the movement.
Watch these videos to get a sense of the Bay Area’s passionate commitment to defend basic rights and promote effective, humane responses for people in crisis.
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