S.F. Supervisor Sends Laura’s Law Proposal Back to Committee
On Tuesday, San Francisco Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier withdrew a proposal that would have allowed the city's mental health chief to petition the civil court to order people with severe mental illness into outpatient care, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
In 2002, the state Legislature passed the measure, which is known as Laura's Law. Counties are responsible for choosing whether to adopt the legislation.
Back to Committee
During Tuesday's meeting of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, city Public Health Director Mitch Katz argued against the legislation on the grounds that it would not increase officials' ability to require medication.
Following Katz's testimony, Alioto-Pier withdrew the legislation from a vote and sent it back to committee for further debate in early fall. She pledged to continue working toÂ secure adoption ofÂ Laura's Law in San Francisco (Gordon, San Francisco Chronicle, 8/4).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.