Can ‘CARE Court’ tackle homelessness, housing, mental health?

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A unhoused person’s possessions are seen on Venice Blvd. in Culver City, CA. Governor Gavin Newsom says his “CARE Court” plan would help certain people get off the streets and obtain the mental health care they need. Photo by Amy Ta.

CARE Court” aims to help Californians with mental health and addiction disorders, but civil liberty activists question its effectiveness and legality.

Thousands of people with mental health issues have been sent (by courts) to a program that diverts them away from jail and into supportive housing. But funding has dried up for that program. 

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