CARE Court receives bipartisan approval from state senators with a 38-0 vote
The California Chamber of Commerce, 21 local chambers, and the California Downtown Association support Governor Newsom’s mental health proposal
SACRAMENTO – In a critical vote today, Governor Gavin Newsom’s CARE Court proposal received 38-0 approval from state senators in an overwhelming display of support. Governor Newsom’s CARE court coalition also continues to build momentum with the addition of major business organizations, including the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Downtown Association, and 21 statewide local chambers of commerce. Collectively, these organizations represent thousands of California businesses.
Ahead of today’s Senate vote in the affirmative, the CARE Court Bill – SB 1338 by Senators Tom Umberg and Susan Eggman – passed the Senate Appropriations Committee in a 7-0 vote last week. This means that the CARE Court has been scrutinized by three separate committees and passed them all with no votes against, and has now cleared the Senate with bipartisan backing.
“With broad support from the California State Senate, CARE Court is one step closer to becoming a reality in California,” Governor Newsom said. “I am also grateful to have the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Downtown Association and 21 chambers of commerce joins our ever-expanding CARE Court coalition, which includes a diverse group of advocates focused on addressing the challenge of severe mental illness that all too often leaves people on our streets hopeless. “
“The California Chamber of Commerce and our colleagues across the state are delighted to support Governor Newsom and his vision to provide support to those suffering from severe mental illness and substance use disorders through the recently proposed CARE Court plan.” , said Jennifer Barrera, President and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce. “CARE Court is a thoughtful and measured response to the tragedy of untreated mental illness affecting thousands of people. California employers have a clear interest in seeing CARE Court’s success as many business owners and their employees experience firsthand the impact of inadequate policies that don’t meet the needs of those individuals who suffer on our streets and communities “.
“The establishment of CARE Court represents a new approach to early intervention and will help people get the support they deserve by addressing their underlying needs,” said Rena Leddy, president of the California Downtown Association. “We appreciate the Governor’s leadership on this important issue and are delighted to support this legislation.”
This announcement expands the growing coalition of supporters that includes state and local officials, families, first responders, health workers, behavioral health workers, civil rights groups, religious leaders and business groups, all in strong support of CARE Court.
CARE Court offers Californians with untreated schizophrenic spectrum or other psychotic disorders community-based care, services and housing and intends to serve as an upstream intervention for the most severely affected Californians.
The bill voted today reflects new additions to the CARE court framework, specifically to strengthen the housing component of the CARE plan and to detail other key elements, such as the judicial process and data collection. These changes have been developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, which are ongoing.
CARE Court builds on Governor Newsom’s multi-year $ 14.7 billion investment to provide 55,000 new housing units and treatment areas and more than $ 11 billion annually in community-based behavioral health services. The Governor’s approach focuses on the rapid relocation of unprotected people with behavioral health problems, all as new units come online, while also transforming Medi-Cal to provide more behavioral health services to the people who suffer the most. For more information, visit https://www.chhs.ca.gov/care-court/.