The Community Assistance, Recovery & Empowerment court, or C.A.R.E Court is a proposed community-based system that directly supports persons in crisis with a time-structured care plan and goals of stabilization, self-sufficiency and even housing support. The idea behind C.A.R.E. court is to help vulnerable persons experiencing severe mental illness or substance abuse disorders from falling through the cracks, providing them with the tools and dedicated support that could prevent homelessness, incarceration, or other restrictive conservatorship interventions.
For those following our call to action in May, the C.A.R.E. Court is proposal is currently still being considered in the California Legislature as SB1338. The bill has recently passed an impressive 39 – 0 vote with the state senate and will continue on for further consideration. NAMI Pomona Valley will continue to monitor progress of this bill and provide updates for the community.