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San Diego on forefront of launching first-in-the-nation Care Court program

This new program, set to start subsequent year, will use native courts to assist present therapy, providers and housing to those that are mentally ailing and on the streets.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego is on the forefront of what Governor Newsom is asking a “bold new strategy” to battle the homelessness disaster.

This week, San Diego introduced collectively state, county and native leaders to start the groundwork on launching California’s new “Care Court” system.

This new program will use native courts to assist present therapy and housing to those that are mentally ailing and on the streets.

San Diego is one of the primary counties in California volunteering to launch this first-in-the-nation Care Court program, and hosted that inaugural meeting with leaders from all through the state.

“We really rolled up our sleeves and got to work for how we’re going to make Care Court work on the streets in San Diego next year,” stated County Board of Supervisors Nathan Fletcher, a powerful supporter of the idea. 

The meeting right here in San Diego introduced collectively judicial and medical leaders from all through the state, in addition to the six different counties, together with Orange, Riverside and San Francisco, which might be stepping up as early adopters of this program together with San Diego.

“I think we’ve got to try something new to address the situation on the streets,” Fletcher advised CBS 8. 

Through this new strategy, county courts shall be empowered to order therapy for homeless people who find themselves battling extreme psychological sickness, resembling schizophrenia.

A primary responder, member of the family or clinician may refer an individual to Care Court, and a civil courtroom choose would then set a course of therapy, together with treatment, assist providers, and a plan for housing.

“It really is assessing how many people will this apply to, what services do we think they’ll need, how do we get those services ready,” he added. 

Fletcher famous that one of the most important challenges in gearing up for the launch of Care Court’ is staffing.

“We have a critical shortage of mental health and drug treatment staff, and we are now working to hire more people, recruit more people, train more people,” he stated. “And so one of the biggest limiting factors right now is just the availability of services.” 

Some homeless advocates have raised issues over the legality of this program, which might power people into psychiatric therapy or right into a conservatorship, in the event that they fail to comply with the court-ordered plan.

Fletcher famous that Care Court is focused towards those that are most gravely ailing and in want of assist.

“At the end of the day when someone is lying on the street, clearly suffering in their own feces, clearly not able to take care of themselves, I don’t think it is compassionate or humanitarian to leave them in that condition,” he added.

“We’ve got to find a way to get them some help. Then when they’re clear-minded, they can make decisions in terms of what they want to do when they move forward.”

Care Court is about to formally launch in October of subsequent year, though Fletcher is hopeful that it may start right here in San Diego sooner, presumably in late summer time. 

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