By Congresswoman Doris Matsui
July 16, 2014 

I commend The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board for continuing to shine a light on the important issue of mental health, (“ San Francisco casts vote for compassion,” July 9).

California’s statute known as Laura’s Law gives counties the ability to implement court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment programs. Assisted outpatient treatment is one tool designed to help severely mentally ill patients and their families, and can be effective when implemented with proper infrastructure and oversight. Nevada County is a good example. 

Another View: Republican congressman’s mental health legislation could cost California [Sacramento Bee]