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Aurora Charter Oak Donates Additional $8,000 to Puente House Foundation

January 22, 2018Aurora Charter Oak donates additional $8K to Puente House Foundation

Robin McGeough, Director of Chemical Dependency Services, handed Karl Moris of Puente House a donation of $8,000 as several hospital employees gathered in the front lobby of the hospital. McGeough noted that half of these funds were donated from the hospital, along with a matching grant from Kebok Foundation. They represent an addition to the $12,000 raised by in 2017. In accepting the donation, Moris thanked the hospital and all of its employees for their support, noting that approximately 60 scholarships can now be offered to local men and women as they work on their recovery from addiction.  


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Jason Foundation

Aurora Charter Oak and The Jason Foundation Provide Suicide Prevention Education to Local Community

Suicide is a national health problem that is also one of the leading causes of preventable death in our nation. 

In California:

  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for middle and high school age youth (12 – 18).
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for college age youth (18 – 22).

The California Youth Risk Behavioral Survey reported:

  • Over 1 out of 7 young people seriously considered suicide in the past twelve months
  • Almost 1 out of 11 young people attempted suicide in the past twelve months

The Jason Foundation and Aurora Charter Oak Hospital are partners in raising awareness and providing education in our local community about youth suicide. 

The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is a national leader in youth suicide awareness and prevention programs targeted to address the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide.  Aurora Charter Oak Hospital is the affiliate office for JFI in Covina, CA. Affiliate offices serve as a hub where parents, teachers, guidance counselors, students, churches and other community organizations can obtain educational materials and learn about training programs available through JFI.  All programs, services, and materials are available to the public at no cost. 

Todd Smith, CEO of Aurora Charter Oak Hospital, said, “We are proud to be affiliated with The Jason Foundation.  Aurora Charter Oak Hospital recognizes how serious the problem of suicide is among adolescents and young adults. Every day, we work with individuals who are at-risk for suicide.  The Jason Foundation has developed excellent awareness and education materials and we are very pleased to have these additional resources for our community.”

Clark Flatt, President of JFI said, “Awareness and education are the foundation for prevention. We are very proud of our work with Aurora Charter Oak Hospital in helping to provide communities across California with programs and resources to help build this foundation for prevention.”

About JFI

JFI is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting “The Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational programs and resources for young people, educators, parents, and other community groups.  JFI, headquartered in Hendersonville, TN, was founded in 1997 after the tragic death of Jason Flatt, the 16-year-old son of Clark Flatt. For more information, please visit JFI’s website,   

The Jason Foundation representative at Aurora Charter Oak Hospital is Steve Jennings, who may be reached at 626-214-2029 or       

Laura's Law 

Laura's Law, which allows court-ordered outpatient mental health treatment for people with serious mental illness and a history of refusing treatment, has been implemented in Los Angeles County.  L.A. County, with 10 million residents, is the fifth California county to have adopted Laura's Law.  State lawmakers originally passed the law in 2002, but gave each county the option of enacting it locally.  Under the law, medical professionals, law enforcement officers or family members may request that the county mental health department petition a court to force a mentally ill individual into outpatient treatment.  However, only the County mental health director, or designee, may file a court petition for a hearing to determine if the person should be court ordered to receive AOT (Assisted Outpatient Treatment).

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved spending $1.6 million in funding from the state to set up the program, including salaries for 18 mental health workers.  The mental health workers are part of teams to evaluate individuals referred by family members, treatment providers, family members, or others.  The focus is on getting individuals with mental illnesses into voluntary outpatient treatment programs.  However, if the individual refuses, court hearings are a next step. 

An individual may be placed in AOT if the court finds that the individual is:

  • Suffering from a mental illness
  • Unlikely to survive safely in the community without supervision
  • Non-compliant with treatment that has either:
    • Been a significant factor in his or her being in a hospital, prison or jail at least twice within the last thirty-six months; or
    • Resulted in one or more acts, attempts or threats of serious violent behavior toward self or others within the last forty-eight months
  • Failing to engage in voluntary treatment offered by the local mental health department
  • Substantially deteriorating
  • In need of treatment in order to prevent a relapse or deterioration that would likely result in the person meeting California's inpatient commitment standard: 
  • A serious risk of harm to himself or herself or others; or
  • Gravely disabled (in immediate physical danger due to being unable to meet basic needs for food, clothing, or shelter);
  • Likely to benefit from AOT; and
  • Participation in AOT is the least restrictive placement necessary to ensure the person's recovery and stability.

If you have a question about Laura's Law, or wish to make a referral within L.A. County, you may call 213-738-2440 or e-mail 

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