Laura’s Law: Assisted Outpatient Treatment Demonstration Project Act of 2002
Source: California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)
Resource Type: Documents and Publications
Focus Population: Behavioral Health Leaders
Topics: AOT / Laura's Law, Behavioral Health Organizational Guidance Docs
Assembly Bill (AB) 1421 (Thomson, Chapter 1017, Statutes of 2002) established the Assisted Outpatient Treatment Demonstration Project Act of 2002 in Welfare and Institutions (W&I) Code Sections 5345 – 5349.5, known as Laura’s Law. Laura’s Law requires the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to establish criteria and collect data outcomes from counties that choose to implement the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) program and produce an annual report on the program’s effectiveness. This report serves as the May 1, 2019, annual report and provides outcomes for the May 2018–April 2019 reporting period.