More effective mental health treatment

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Assisted Outpatient Treatment is one of the most effective tools available for treating severely mentally ill persons. Legislation known as Laura’s Law was introduced in 2001 to make AOT available for persons who meet specified criteria for involuntary commitment, such as presenting a danger to themselves or others or who are gravely disabled. My subsequent legislation, Assembly Bill 59, extended the sunset date of Laura’s Law, and a majority of California’s 58 counties are now participating.This year I will be joining Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, to co-write Senate Bill 1035, which authorizes courts to inquire about the treatment progress of persons receiving AOT. Individuals who have recently left 5150 holds, known as involuntary 72-hour psychiatric hospitalization
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