New report finds Laura’s Law is helping the mentally ill

Tue, July 30, 2019 3:03 PM | Marsha Grant (Administrator)

Outpatient treatment program shows signs of successs despite initial controversy

JOSHUA SABATINI  Apr. 21, 2019 5:00 p.m. THE CITY

      After three years, a San Francisco mental health program that can compel someone to receive outpatient treatment has shown success in reducing emergency care and jail stays.

      More than half of those brought into the program, which requires a referral by a health care provider or family member, were recently homeless and nearly all had been treated recently by Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s Psychiatric Emergency Services.

      new evaluation of the assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) program, also known as Laura’s Law, shows that the 129 participants were costing a combined $485,000 monthly in city services before entering the program, but with the program, the cost dropped by 83 percent to $81,745 per month.

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