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Ventura County To Implement Laura's Law, Providing New Help For Some With Serious Mental Illness

Ventura County is joining a dozen other counties around the state in adopting a state law intended to provide new help for some mentally ill people.

After close to two years of study and planning, the county is moving to implement what’s known as Laura’s Law, which allows the courts to order a seriously mentally ill person into outpatient treatment. It could provide critical support for families trying to cope with struggling loved ones.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.