Laura's Law


laura-wilcoxLaura'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.

California needs your help! Each California county must independently authorize Laura's Law to implement AOT. If your county has not yet authorized Laura’s Law, AOT is unavailable to people in need in your county. To join the effort to implement Laura's Law in your county, email, etc. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

See the sample letter for individuals or the sample letter for organizations.

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:

AOT works!

  • AOT backgrounder
  • AOT helps law enforcement
  • AOT saves money
  • AOT improves access to and delivery of services

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