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ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT (LAURA’S LAW) AND SECTION 5270

ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT (LAURA’S LAW) AND SECTION 5270

NAMI MARIN GENERAL MEETING

Monday, October 15, 2018,  7:00 to 8:30 PM

The Marin County Board of Supervisors has recently approved two important measures to help with the recovery of loved ones living with mental illness. NAMI Marin strongly supports both of these measures. Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) is responsible for implementing these programs.

First, the Board approved a pilot program under “Laura’s Law”, a statute that authorizes courts to encourage treatment for certain qualified people with serious mental illness.

Second, the Board adopted Welfare and Institutions Code Section 5270.  Sections 5150 and 5250 of that code – which have been in effect in this County for several years — authorize hospitalization for 72 hours and 14 days, respectively, for certain individuals with serious mental illness. Section 5270 has recently been added to authorize hospitalization in special circumstances for up to an additional 30 days. The goal is to expand the available tools and avoid the more severe remedy of temporary conservatorship in appropriate cases.

SPEAKER:  We are honored to announce that representatives of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services will present these additional measures in a panel discussion about the two new tools to help the recovery of individuals with mental illness.

LOCATION: San Rafael Corporate Center, 750 Lindaro St., San Rafael, CA 94901 (the building nearest Andersen Dr., between 2nd St. and Andersen Drive).  Meeting room is off the lobby. Free parking lot (after 6pm) on west side of street.

This is a no fee event, open to the general public.