LA Mayor Karen Bass Accelerates CARE Act To Battle Substance Abuse Amongst Homeless

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Mayor Karen Bass continues her efforts to battle the homeless epidemic.

Bass joined Governor Gavin Newsom and leaders from the Board of Supervisors to announce the acceleration of the implementation of CARE Court, the State’s new framework to deliver mental health and substance use disorder services to Californians suffering from severe mental health disorders.

Los Angeles County and the City of L.A. have committed to implementing the CARE Act by December 1, 2023, one year ahead of schedule.

Nearly fifty percent of unsheltered individuals are either suffering from severe mental illness or substance abuse.

“I want to thank the Governor for his leadership. It is profoundly inhumane to allow people to suffer mental illness and die on our streets,” said Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass. “We will lock arms with Los Angeles County, building CARE Courts and expanding mental health and substance abuse programs to help Angelenos get well while respecting all civil liberties.”

“CARE Court brings real progress and accountability at all levels to fix the broken system that is failing too many Californians in crisis,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “I commend Los Angeles County leaders, the courts and all the local government partners and stakeholders across the state who are taking urgent action to make this lifesaving initiative a reality for thousands of struggling Californians.”

“We are in a homelessness emergency and we know that many who are living on our streets are struggling with severe mental illness. Governor Newsom’s Care Court model has been a missing piece in our effort to bring people inside,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

“Across Los Angeles County, we have seen the effects of our mental health crisis spilling out onto our streets. Too many residents with severe mental health issues lack adequate treatment and often find themselves in a devastating cycle between our emergency departments, our jails, and falling into homelessness,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, First District. “CARE Court will provide people with untreated mental health issues an opportunity to get stabilized in a compassionate manner. I want to thank Governor Newsom for including Los Angeles County as one of the first participants, and I look forward to working with him to ensure a swift and effective implementation.”

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