CARE Court is a program that empowers or compels – depending on who you ask – individuals with severe mental illness to access treatment, medication and housing. It is geared toward people with untreated schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychotic disorders and seeks to prevent them from returning to, or winding up, behind bars or on the streets.
Disability Rights California, Western Center on Law & Poverty and The Public Interest Law Project filed a petition for writ of mandate that challenges the constitutional validity of CARE Court.
The CARE Act strips people of basic civil liberties guaranteed by the California Constitution, including the right to due process, equal protection and the right to make decisions about one’s own life, healthcare and housing, Sarah Gregory, Disability Rights California,
The CARE Court will protect people’s rights and will not force medication or treatment upon them against their will. Gavin Newsome
The California Supreme Court now has 90 days to accept or deny the petition, and with CARE Court implementation set to begin in seven counties on Oct. 1, the clock is ticking for opponents to make their case.