In Los Angeles, Newsom Convenes Inaugural CARE Court Roundtable

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LOS ANGELES – Governor Gavin Newsom visited a residential facility in Los Angeles today, where he met with clients, health care and service providers, and local and court officials to discuss his CARE proposal Short.

Unveiled by the governor last week, CARE Court is a new policy framework to provide community-based mental health and addictions treatment services to Californians facing the most acute challenges, many of whom are homeless.

Today’s roundtable is the first in a series of statewide meetings the administration will host, bringing together Californians who would benefit from the new framework, healthcare providers, first responders , outreach workers, court representatives, local officials and other stakeholders.

“With new tools and a focus on accountability, CARE Court will empower communities to help those who need it most get essential services to put them on the path to recovery and healing,” the governor said. Newsom. “In the coming weeks, we will hear firsthand from ordinary Californians and their families, service providers, healthcare professionals, first responders, members of the judiciary, local officials and other stakeholders including partnership is the basis of our community approach. ”

Governor Newsom convened today’s roundtable at Kress House in Los Angeles, a residential facility that provides comprehensive behavioral health services to those involved in the justice system.

Governor Newsom and Dr. Ghaly meet with clients, health care and service providers
(Photo credit: Office of the Governor)

The Governor also announced today the launch of a new CARE Court website by the California Health and Human Services Agency, which will serve as a one-stop resource for the public and stakeholders to learn more about the framework. , provide input and keep abreast of developments.

The Governor was joined today by residents of Kress House, California Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Mark Ghaly, Medical Director of the Los Angeles County Diversion Office, Dr. Kristen Ochoa, President of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Holly J. Mitchell, Executive Director. Herbert Hatanaka of Special Service for Groups, Kress House, a non-profit organization, and other roundtable participants.

CARE Court, which must be approved by the legislature, would require counties to provide comprehensive treatment to the most severely ill and untreated Californians and hold patients accountable for following their treatment plans. The framework will provide an opportunity for a range of people, including family members, first responders, response teams and mental health service providers, among others, to refer people suffering from a list specific conditions, many of which are unhoused, and bringing them into community services.

The CARE Court framework was created using evidence that many people can stabilize, begin to heal, and move out of homelessness in less restrictive community care settings. The plan focuses on people on the schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders, who may also have substance use issues and who lack medical decision-making capacity, and offers upstream diversion from guardianships or more restrictive incarceration.

CARE Court would provide individuals with a clinically appropriate, community-based, court-ordered plan of care comprised of culturally and linguistically competent county mental health and substance abuse treatment services. These include short-term stabilization medication, wellness and recovery supports, and connection to social services, including a housing plan. In addition to a full clinical team, the client-centered approach includes a public advocate and coach to help people make independent care decisions. Services would be provided to the individual through an outpatient model while living in the community.

In the event that a participant cannot successfully complete a plan of care, the individual may be referred for guardianship, in accordance with applicable law, with the presumption that no suitable alternative to guardianship is available. All counties in the state will participate in CARE Court as part of the proposal. If local governments fail to meet their specified obligations under court-ordered care plans, the court will have the ability to order penalties and, in extreme cases, appoint an officer to ensure that services are provided.

CARE Court is building on Governor Newsom’s $14 billion multi-year investment to provide 55,000 new housing and treatment windows and nearly $10 billion annually in community behavioral health services. The Governor’s approach focuses on quickly relocating unhoused people with behavioral health issues, while bringing new units online, while transforming Medi-Cal to provide more behavioral health services to the most vulnerable people. difficulty.

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