Will Medicating the Mentally Ill Increase Public Safety?

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The raft of multiple shootings around the country has LA County Supervisors asking the legislature to expand what's called "Laura's Law." It's named for a woman who worked at a mental health clinic in Nevada County and who was killed by a patient. The purpose of Laura's Law is to medicate mentally ill people who've been refusing treatment before they commit any crime. The legislature has not provided any funding and, so far, only Nevada County has implemented Laura's Law. But Los Angeles County does have a pilot program.



  • Mary Marx - Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
  • Philip Chen - Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich
  • Rusty Selix - Mental Health Association in California


Warren Olney