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Laura's Law results in Nevada County and Los Angeles county.

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Reduction in harmful events when Laura's Law implemented in Nevada County

Key Indicator
Pre-AOT
Post-AOT
Improvement
Hospitalization
1404 days
748 days
46.7%
Incarceration
1824 days
637 days
65.1%
Homelessness
4224 days
1898 days
61.9%
Emergency Contacts
220 contacts
123 contacts
44.1%

Reduction in costs when Laura's Law implemented in Nevada County

Key Indicator
Pre-AOT
Post-AOT
Improvement
Hospitalization
$346,950
$133,650
$213,300
Incarceration
$78,150
$2,550
$75,600

Nevada County gave individuals under court order access to services and found number of Psychiatric Hospital Days decreased 46.7 percent; number of Incarceration Days decreased 65.1 percent, number of Homeless Days decreased 61.9 percent; number of Emergency Interventions decreased 44.1 percent. Laura’s Law implementation saved $1.81-$.2.52 for ever dollar spent and “receiving services under Laura’s Law caused a reduction in actual hospital costs of $213,300 and a reduction in actual incarceration costs of $75,600 (Michael Heggarty, Behavioral Health Director, Nevada County. “The Nevada County Experience,” Nov. 15, 2011).

“Nevada County began utilizing Laura’s Law in 2008. Laura’s Law has provided life-saving services to individuals suffering from mental illness and kept many from the trauma and brain damage associated with involuntary commitments to mental health facilities under W & I Code, Section 5150, and the jail commits and tragedies associated with untreated mental health crisis.” (Thomas M. Anderson, Presiding Judge of the Superior Court California, County of Nevada, Letter to Bill Campbell, Chair of Orange County Board of Supervisors, September 28, 1911 

Los Angeles provided services to people under court orders and found it reduced incarceration 78 percent; reduced hospitalization 86 percent; and reduced hospitalization 77 percent even after discharge from Laura’s Law. It also increased “milestone” of recovery scores.  Laura’s Law cut taxpayer costs 40 percent in Los Angeles (County of Los Angeles. “Outpatient Treatment Program Outcomes Report" April 1, 2010 – December 31, 2010. And Michael D. Antonovich, Los Angeles County Fifth District Supervisor, Los Angeles Daily News, December 12, 2011).  

The successful results in both Nevada and Los Angeles counties mirror those of NY's Kendra's Law, the model for Laura's Law.The NY Kendra's Law results are here.


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