AB 1421 – Laura’s Law

AB 1421 (Chapter 1017, Statutes of 2002) – known as “Laura’s Law” – established the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)  Demonstration Project Act of 2002. This Act became effective January 1, 2003.

The Act creates an AOT program that permits court-ordered treatment for a person with a mental disorder who meets specific criteria. However, AOT programs may only be implemented in counties in which the Board of Supervisors, by resolution, makes a finding that no voluntary mental health program serving adults, and no children’s mental health program are reduced as a result of the implementation of an assisted outpatient treatment program.

A Guide to Laura’s Law provides an overview of Assisted Outpatient Treatment.