Can LA get its CARE Court system running by December?

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New CARE Courts would require treatment for some mentally ill people. Zenobia, who wouldn’t give her last name and says she lives on the streets and has been diagnosed with psychosis, supports the program. Photo by Saul Gonzalez.

LA County, the epicenter of the state’s mental health crisis, is rushing to be one of the first with a CARE Court that could require treatment for mental illness.

California is facing an unprecedented mental health crisis that has been decades in the making. KCRW takes a look at how we got here and whether there’s a remedy.