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Morning Report: Supes Vote to Back, Advocate On Newsom’s Reform Proposal

05/25/22

 

County supervisors on Tuesday voted to endorse Gov. Gavin Newsom’s framework for a new state system to connect vulnerable Californians with serious mental illnesses with court-ordered care.

Nathan Fletcher, who chairs the county board, and Vice Chair Nora Vargas said they introduced the Tuesday resolution to allow the county to publicly back the controversial policy pitch and push for funding, workforce development aid and other elements they believe are needed to make so-called CARE courts a success.

County supervisors unanimously approved the Tuesday action with Supervisor Joel Anderson, who represents East County communities, absent.

The supervisors are the latest San Diego politicos to get behind the reform proposal. San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria has been a vocal supporter and has also rallied behind separate efforts to reform the state’s conservatorship process.

But Newsom’s Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment Court isn’t universally supported. Some homeless advocates and civil and disability rights groups have flagged concerns about potential forced treatment and whether there are adequate resources to shelter and house those enrolled in the system.

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