CARE Act to provide new treatments for addicted and mentally ill homeless

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – On Dec. 2 Gov, Newsom joined local and state leaders to discuss the implementation of the Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment Act, or CARE Act.

The bill, authored by State Sen. Thomas Umberg and State Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman is meant to deliver mental health and substance use disorder services to severely impaired Californians.

Typically, these impaired individuals would endure homelessness and incarceration without treatment. Newsom plans to change this, however this process has been tricky in the past due to California laws that prohibit “forced” treatment.

Housing options for the unsheltered have been increasing state wide in 2022. More than 300 homeless were moved out of Golden Hall while it underwent repairs which were completed in the latter half of November.

On Wednesday, Nov. 30 after spending two weeks at various shelter sites, these unsheltered individuals were returned to Golden Hall.

Repairs included the roof downspout and ceiling the main half, ass well as refurbishments made to bathrooms on both floors.

KUSI’s Ed Lenderman went live at Golden Hall to discuss recent repairs and how Newsom’s CARE Act will affect treatment availability in the future.

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