California Legal News: Patients Rights v. Public Safety


San Diego County Department of Mental Health opposes the implementation of AB 1421 aka Laura’s Law because it is unfair to the mentally disabled. This is a complex issue because it allows mentally ill patients to be forced into treatment and potentially hospitalized without a fair hearing. Patient’s rights need to be balanced against public safety, and some do not believe that it is possible to implement Laura’s law in a way that is fair both to patients and to the public.

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