Governor Newsom’s CARE Tribunal proposal passed first legislative hurdle with broad support


Coalition of supporters hails progress on CARE courts legislation

SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom welcomed the Senate Judiciary Committee’s passage of CARE Court legislation yesterday — SB 1338 by Sen. Thomas Umberg (D-Santa Ana) and Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) – and raised the chorus of support for the growing coalition initiative. CARE Court will provide people with serious mental illness and addictions with the care and services they need to regain their health. SB 1338 will be heard today at the Senate Health Committee.

“With a diverse and growing coalition of supporters, CARE Court continues to make significant strides in providing a new path for Californians who are in desperate need of treatment and support,” Governor Newsom said. “As the Broad Coalition makes clear, we urgently need a paradigm shift away from the status quo that sees too many Californians with serious mental health and addictions going without the help they need to get well. I thank the Legislative Assembly for this action and look forward to our continued partnership in making this lifesaving program a reality.

Governor Newsom this week members summoned of the CARE Court coalition, which includes local officials, first responders, medical professionals, behavioral health providers, business organizations, civil rights groups and religious leaders, among others. The Governor is calling on the Legislature to move quickly to enact CARE Court to allow local partners to begin implementing this critical program.

Jessica Cruz, NAMI CA Executive Director: “NAMI California thanks the Governor for his dedication to implementing the CARE Court and appreciates the effort and speed with which the California Legislature responded to make this framework a reality. CARE Court is an absolute game changer and is essential for organizations like NAMI, allowing us to better assist people in need of assistance throughout California.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Chair of California Big City Mayors: “As leaders at the grassroots level, we are on the front lines of this crisis and see CARE Court as a key priority for California’s big city mayors. It’s time for our Golden State to stop treading on our greatest moral shame and confront it head-on with clarity and compassion.

Brian K. Rice, President of California Professional Firefighters: “Our members see people where they need it most, responding to 911 calls for those in serious mental health crisis. This leads to scarce fire and EMS resources being used to pick up the same people over and over again. Governor Newsom knows we need a different approach, and CARE Court will help us break that cycle and really get people the help they need.

California State Senator Thomas Umberg“As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I am very pleased to see that the bill passed with bipartisan support and no votes against the bill. I look forward to continuing discussions with stakeholders and trying to address concerns. As a practicing attorney in Orange County, I have seen the effectiveness of these types of problem-solving courts and the difference they can make in people’s lives. I am happy to bring my legal expertise to the CARE Tribunal and look forward to seeing the positive impact this will have on our most vulnerable fellow Californians and their families.

California State Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman“Our behavioral health system is currently failing the most vulnerable among us. Real, meaningful and lasting change requires a sustained financial commitment – ​​which is why the Governor and Legislature have made historic investments in health care behavioral health over the past two budget cycles. But more is also needed. We need to fix a broken and fragmented system. And we need to embrace innovative solutions like CARE Court, which provides a new on-ramp to the behavioral health system for a population that is very difficult to reach.

Mayor of San Francisco Race of London“I would like to commend the Governor for his leadership on homelessness and behavioral health issues across California. It is our moral obligation to help people who cannot help themselves, and CARE Court will help ensure that those who need help the most can get it.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg: “Right now we have a fragmented system that is not delivering fast enough on behalf of enough people to address the suffering we see on our streets. We must support CARE Court to hold the government accountable for providing the treatment that so many on our streets desperately need.

California State Assemblyman Richard Bloom: “I look forward to working with Governor Newsom and our Senate counterparts to create a CARE Court program that is sustainable, meaningful, and focused on serving those most in need in our local communities and throughout California. The people this program will serve are those who desperately need the solutions that CARE Court promises to provide.

California State Senator Anthony Portantino: “CARE Court provides the holistic approach we need to help people with mental health and addiction issues. This program provides the building blocks and systematic change needed to provide housing and other resources that will help create stability for those in need of assistance. »

Terry Withrow, Stanislaus County Supervisor: “I wholeheartedly support CARE Court. This program is essential to serve people with serious mental illnesses, many of whom live on our streets. I know firsthand the impact a CARE Court program can have on a community, as it is something we have been working on in my district for 6 years. The Governor’s and Legislature’s efforts to implement this system across the state will give local governments the support we need to help save lives.

Ontario Fire Chief Ray Gayk, President of the California Association of Fire Chiefs: “CARE Court is a huge step forward to help tackle the serious mental illness we see on our streets daily. As a fire chief and former paramedic for over 20 years, I have seen the struggle that far too many people face when left to their own devices on our streets. I commend the Governor and Legislature for working to create a plan that offers a new approach to act early and get individuals the help they need to resolve their underlying issues.


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