L.A. County Board To OK Mental Health Treatment Law That Aims To Reduce Incarceration, Homelessness


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The Los Angeles County will be voting on a discretionary state law that enables court-ordered treatment for people struggling with serious mental illnesses.

Laura's Law, which was passed in 2002 but had only been fully implemented by Nevada County, "is a compassionate, cost-effective approach, proven to reduce incarceration and homelessness," as described by L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

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Federal Programs Related to - Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other

Programs that provide preventive, diagnostic and treatment services as well as transitional support for people who have a physical and/or psychological dependency on tobacco, alcohol and/or other drugs or who suffer from acute or chronic mental or emotional disturbances or are having problems coping with daily living.