New Mexico Gov. Martinez signs version of ‘Kendra’s Law’
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New Mexico Gov. Martinez signs version of ‘Kendra’s Law’
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a bill that would require some state residents with severe mental illness to receive court-ordered outpatient treatment.

Martinez signed the bill Wednesday after advocates for years have tried to get lawmakers to pass a similar measure.

New Mexico was one of only five states that didn’t have a version of a Kendra’s Law a bill named after Kendra Webdale. She was a 32-year-old woman who was pushed in front of an oncoming New York subway train in 1999 by a man battling untreated schizophrenia.

The New Mexico bill orders some patients to participate in assisted outpatient treatment if the court finds that the patients are a danger to themselves and others.

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