Outpatient Committal Law Passed in Los Angeles

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The Los Angeles County board of supervisors has voted unanimously to significantly expand its psychiatric outpatient treatment program, and to make it compulsory, reports the Los Angeles Times. The current program has places for 20 people at a time, but passing “Laura’s Law” will expand it to accommodate 300 people at a cost of $10 million annually. The new program will allow a family member, treatment provider or law enforcement officer to ask the county to file for a court order requiring someone to undergo treatment. “Patients can’t be forced to take medication under the law, although there are other mechanisms for court-ordered medication,” reports the Times.

L.A. County to expand Laura’s Law mental-illness treatment program (Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2014)

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Rob Wipond
Rob Wipond is a Victoria, British Columbia-based freelance journalist who has been writing on mental health issues for fifteen years. His research has particularly focused on the interfaces between psychiatry, the justice system, and civil rights. His articles have been nominated for three Canadian National Magazine Awards, six Western Magazine Awards, and four Jack Webster Awards for journalism. He can be contacted through his website.

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  1. “The new program will allow a family member, treatment provider or law enforcement officer to ask the county to file for a court order requiring someone to undergo treatment. “Patients can’t be forced to take medication under the law, although there are other mechanisms for court-ordered medication,””
    Really? So if it’s not meds then what – forced talk therapy? Bs, it’s going to be forced drugging, period.