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SF Supes to Vote on Laura's Law

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)_ A law that would force mentally-ill people with violent backgrounds into treatment is up for a vote by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

Laura’s Law was enacted on the statewide level eight years ago, but requires each county’s approval. The law is named after a 19-year-old woman who was shot and killed by a mentally-ill man who was not taking medication.

The law allows courts to force people with violent tendencies accompanied by mental illness to assisted outpatient treatment.

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UCSF psychiatrist Dr. John Rouse says it’s the most compassionate and cost-effective way to help the most severely ill.

“We’ve heard reports from New York where a very similar law called Kendra’s Law has been effect for several years and they report something like 80 percent decreases in incarceration and 80 percent decreases in hospitalization,” said Rouse.

The director of San Francisco’s Public Health Department, Dr. Mitch Katz, will testify before San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors against Laura’s Law. He says it falls short for not letting the courts mandate medication in the treatment.

  • Sue

    People don’t kill people, guns do. Was it the mentally ill man or was it the bullet from the gun that killed this woman. Maybe something to think about, huh.

  • laurie chmiel

    as a seriously bipolar person, it has taken me 10 years to get a med cocktail that is ALMOST ok. getting the correct diagnosis and finding the right meds is almost as hard as finding a decent psychiatrist. in 45 years, i’ve only found 2 that i would return to and 5 that actually diagnosed me properly.

    my insurance company is switching my meds for cost savings. last time i used this drug, i had to go to the er. i was catatonic, dehydrated and severely low in potassium. i was lucky that someone noticed i was in trouble and took me to the hospital. good thing i was wearing clean clothes, shoes, and didn’t look like i lived outside. what would have happened to me?

    you can only force a person to take medications that cause horrifying side-effects for so long. have you seen people sticking their tongues in and out, in and out, in and out, all the time? thank the meds for that. the same meds that i’m prescribed all the time. no, i will never take it, no matter what the law says.

    You can force someone to take these drugs, but you can’t guarantee the outcome. will it save lives or take them?

  • Massimo Deportado

    Studid libs. First the ACLU shuts down all of the mental facilities in California, throws them all out on the street because their CIVIL RIGHTS were violated when someone MADE them take medicine and now this. Stupid libs.

    The road to hell (which we are on) is paved with good liberal intentions.

    Yeah, right…..

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