Los Angeles County officials gave final approval Tuesday to a plan to implement court-ordered intensive outpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness.
Tuesday’s unanimous vote came at the last meeting before Supervisors
Los Angeles County launched a small program soon after Laura's Law took effect in 2003, targeting patients with serious mentally illness for intensive outpatient treatment. But that program was strictly voluntary.
Among other things, Tuesday's vote will now allow for court-ordered treatment of those who refuse voluntary programs.
The program will cost an estimated $10 million a year when fully operational. Funds will come from a combination of state and federal mental health sources.
County mental health officials have said the emphasis will be on getting those with mental illnesses into voluntary treatment programs. Taking them to court to force them into treatment would be a last resort, officials said.