San Francisco is one of eight counties that will be piloting California’s new CARE Courts program ahead of a statewide rollout next year. Beginning next month, people with schizophrenia or psychosis can be referred to the new court and, if they meet certain criteria, receive a court-ordered care plan that can include mental health treatment, housing and medication. Critics warn that the system could violate the civil liberties of people with disabilities and lead to harmful coercive care, but proponents say the measure will assist unhoused people living with severe, untreated mental illness by getting them the attention they need. We’ll get into the details and the debate.
CARE Court is Coming to San Francisco. Here’s What We Can Expect
Susan Talamantes-Eggman, state Senator representing California's 5th District; co-author of SB 1338, the legislation which established CARE court in California
Rafael Mandelman, represents District 8 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Scott Shafer, senior editor, KQED’s California Politics and Government desk and co-host of Political Breakdown
Tal Klement, Deputy Public Defender in the Mental Health Unit, San Francisco Public Defender's Office
Eric Harris, director of public policy, Disability Rights California