Orange County Needs Laura’s Law ~ NOW!
Each day someone in Orange County who is suffering with a mental illness goes untreated. Many aren’t receiving care because Laura’s Law has not been implemented in Orange County. Laura’s Law is a California State law that can help remove some of the barriers that stand between illness and recovery.
Our current system does not allow many people suffering from a severe mental illness to receive the treatment they need until it’s too late. The results are tragic – each year hundreds of people with untreated mental illness in Orange County suffer homelessness, suicide, victimization, criminalization and repeated hospitalizations. Our failure to treat severe mental illnesses threatens the health and safety of people with the diseases and those around them.
You can help by becoming an advocate!
You can help "restore reason" to treating mental illness in Orange County today. Be part of the California Treatment Advocacy Coalition in urging the Orange County Board of Supervisors to implement Laura’s Law Now! This law will allow people with severe mental illnesses who need assisted outpatient treatment to receive the help they need in a timely manner. Laura’s Law will offer assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) as an option for people who are unable to seek treatment on their own.
Educate Yourself and Others
In order to become a more effective advocate -
Become familiar with Laura's Law and Assisted Outpatient Treatment
Ask your community organization (church, community-service and action, health, etc.) and friends,
to support the effort to implement Laura’s Law.
~ Help spread the word ~
Write a letter to the editor for your local newspaper
The Letter to the Editor Section is one of the most widely read sections of the newspaper and can reach a large audience. It allows community members to comment on the way issues are being addressed in the media and to influence the topics the local paper may choose to cover. Elected officials often monitor this section of the newspaper and take notice of constituents' opinions.