Laura's Law is California’s state law that provides community-based, assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) to a small population of individuals who meet strict legal criteria and who – as a result of their mental illness – are unable to voluntarily access community mental health services. The law is named for Laura Wilcox (pictured), who was shot and killed at the age of 19 by a man with untreated severe mental illness.
Laura’s Law and similar AOT laws across the country have successfully enabled people with severe mental illness to access the treatment they need in the community.
Has your county implemented Laura’s Law? Check here!
What You Can Do:
Write to your county supervisor - tell them the time to implement is now! Click here to find contact information for your county supervisors.
Advocate for change using these strategies.
Fight common misconceptions about Laura's Law with facts.
Educate others with our one-page Laura's Law fact sheet.
Know who supports Laura’s Law
Review our AOT implementation guide
Learn more about Laura’s Law:
- Frequently asked questions about Laura's Law
- Hear a California county’s success implementing Laura’s Law and all the good it’s doing!
Read the Nevada County story or watch their video on YouTube.
- "A Guide to Laura's Law"
- Laura's Law flowchart – here’s a graphic representation of how Laura's Law works
- AOT backgrounder
- AOT helps law enforcement
- AOT saves money
- AOT improves access to and delivery of services
What’s going on in California?