On March 18, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan ordered a report from Alex Briscoe, Alameda County BHCS (Behavioral Health Care Services) agency director regarding Laura’s Law. His report was published on May 1; read it here. and advises voluntary programs as an alternative to Laura’s Law. But as we all know, voluntary doesn’t work for some mentally ill. Please read the My Word written by Candy Dewitt here (and below in this blogpost) detailing the reasons why we should demand that Laura’s Law be enacted in Alameda County. Ms. Dewitt fought for years to get medical treatment required for her beautiful son Daniel who was stricken with paranoid schizophrenia who was a clear danger to himself, and they feared others. Their fears came true. Laura’s Law in Alameda County would have protected Daniel himself from becoming a victim to his disease by ensuring he be under the proper medical care. Laura’s Law and Kendra’s Law already protects others like him in other counties and states. Let’s make sure we get the same protections in our own county: Laura’s Law intervenes before these precious young adult children become violent perpetrators, and this then protects our community and other loved ones.
Laura’s Law can only be operative in counties in which the county board of supervisors, by resolution, authorizes its application and makes a finding that no voluntary mental health program serving adults, and no children’s mental health program, was reduced in order to implement the law.
DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: JUNE 30
WRITE & REQUEST THAT LAURA’S LAW BE APPROVED IN ALAMEDA COUNTY
Wilma Chan Alameda County Supervisor, District 3: email@example.com
Keith Carson Alameda County Supervisor, District 5: Keith.firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Briscoe Alameda County BHCS Director: email@example.com
Aaron Chapman, Alameda County BHCS Medical Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contra Costa Times by Candy DeWitt, guest commentary © 2013 Bay Area News Group
Posted: 06/08/2013 12:01:00 PM PDT
If you don’t have someone you love struck down the prime of his or her life with severe mental illness, I don’t think you could ever imagine the pain and suffering. We had no idea and knew nothing about mental illness. Today, it consumes my life: fighting for change, for our young son, fighting for others and for the hope that the senseless tragedies stop. Continue reading