SACRAMENTO–Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan radical to tackle the state’s increasing homelessness by forcing people with mental illness into treatment was approved this week by an Assembly committee. This earned him bipartisan support.
Authored by Senator Thomas Umberg (D-Santa Ana) and Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), the bill passed the Assembly Health Committee in a 14-0 vote on June 28.
Senate Bill 1338–the Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Act–will set into motion a civil court where judges can determine whether someone with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders should be placed into psychiatric care through a court-ordered mandate.
“Californians know that there is a need for a paradigm shift in order to assist the many individuals suffering from untreated psychosis, often found on the streets. Newsom stated in a statement. “Care Court’s passage will provide relief for those who are in desperate need of community care, as well as bring hope to the friends and families of these individuals. It will help them to feel less helpless in today’s .”
The proposal states that if an individual refuses to receive services or is found incapable of making decisions due to mental illness, they can be placed in conservatorship.
The CARE Court Plan includes a range of services that will be offered by “county mental health agencies to provide behavioral care including housing and stabilization medication .”