California has a law on the books that gives families a lot more leverage to enforce treatment for their severely mentally ill loved-ones. Unfortunately, the implementation of Laura's Law is left up to the discretion of each county. If Kelly Thomas' family had the ability to force him into a monitored treatment program, he might still be here today. Instead, he would be committed long enough to be stabilized on medications and then essentially turned loose in the community where he invariably went off his medications and back into his disabling world of schizophrenia. Unless a person is violent or a clear danger to themselves or others, the police will do nothing. And essentially, if you are violent or a danger to yourself or others, that means you are more often than not diverted into the criminal justice system -- NOT the best place for someone with mental illness who needs treatment instead of incarceration. http://www.lauraslawoc.org/ Tomorrow is my county's Board of Supervisors meeting, and my local NAMI chapter plans to be there in full force, and I'm sure supporters of the Thomas family will be there too. During the comment section of the meeting they intend to demand that the board approve implementation of Laura's Law in our county. I plan to go to lend my physical presence as a supporter for this cause. Please rattle some beads, say a prayer or two, and keep some positive thoughts that the community's concerns are heard and this group of representatives does the right thing.