By Daniela Torres
Jacob Pamus also contributed to this article
March 21, 2023 (San Diego) – A lawsuit has been filed seeking to block implementation of California’s CARE Courts program. Disability Rights California, Western Center on Law and Poverty, and the Public Interest Law Project have filed a petition at the CA Supreme Court because they believe that the program is unconstitutional.
Gov. Gavin Newsom designed, championed and signed this into law last year to mandate care for people with severe mental illness, primarily those who are homeless and refusing care.
But the human rights groups believe the program could strip away people’s autonomy and that affordable housing should be what needs to be at the front and center.