Can the CARE Tribunal alleviate CA homelessness? Some activists are skeptical

Governor Gavin Newsom says he has a plan to help people with serious mental illness or addiction get off the streets and get the care they need. “court of carewould allow court-ordered treatment plans for people who meet certain criteria.

“I think the most vexing and frustrating thing for all of us is this: you see people on the streets and sidewalks self-medicating with addictions to drugs or alcohol, who are clearly struggling with psychotic disorders or the schizophrenia spectrum. And not only do they seem helpless, but society seems powerless to meet their needs,” Newsom told KQED a few months ago.

However, as the bill progresses through the state legislature, opposition has grown from dozens of groups, including the ACLU and California Disability Rights. They worry about the lack of limits on court-mandated treatment plans, how that would contribute to the shortage of housing and treatment options for people who need both, and how that would avoid reinforcing systemic racial biases.

“The courts have not been fair, safe or a place of care for black and brown people. When systems fail, we force people to adopt badly flawed systems, rather than creating systems that meet everyone’s needs in the least restrictive way possible,” LA County resident Keris Myrick said during the interview. a hearing on the bill in Sacramento. weeks ago. She lives with a serious mental illness and works in the mental health field to help others.

The bill still needs to be approved by the Senate and State Assembly by August. As it stands, the rules would go into effect on January 1, 2023, but a lot could happen in the coming months.

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