SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco is poised to implement its own version of a California law that allows for court-ordered treatment for severely mentally ill patients.
“Laura’s Law” is named for Laura Wilcox, a college student who was murdered by a schizophrenic man with a history of violence who had refused treatment. It lets counties throughout California opt in to a system in which the mentally ill, like Wilcox’s killer, can be forced into treatment.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said the city will roll out a version of the law on a permanent basis this year to help mentally ill homeless people get treatment. But, San Francisco will avoid the most controversial aspect of the law – by making compliance voluntary.