By Patt Morrison
July 22, 2014 

Laura's Law has been an option for counties in California since 2003, but only in recent weeks have three of the most populous ones — Los Angeles, Orange and San Francisco — voted to implement it. The law — like another one in New York, Kendra's Law — allows families or officials to ask the courts to order outpatient treatment for the seriously mentally ill.

Can Laura's Law help the mentally ill? Researcher Tom Burns' surprising conclusion [Los Angeles Times]