Orange County Adopts Laura’s Law, Allocates $4.4M in Annual Mental Health Funding
On Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to implement a 2002 state law allowing court-ordered treatment for individuals with severe mental illness. Under the proposal, the county will allocate $4.4 million in annual Mental Health Services Act funds to provide assessment and treatment for an estimated 120 people. Orange County will become the second California County to implement Laura's law.
- "Court-Order Mental Health Care OK in Orange County" (AP/U-T San Diego, 5/13).
- "O.C. Clears Way for Court-Ordered Treatment of Mentally Ill" (Cowan/Esquivel, Los Angeles Times, 5/13).