California Senate Votes in Support of CARE Court as Leading State Business Organizations Join Expanding Coalition

California Senate Votes in Support of CARE Court as Leading State Business Organizations Join Expanding Coalition

CARE Court receives bipartisan approval from state senators in a 38-0 vote

California Chamber of Commerce, 21 local chambers and Downtown California Association support Governor Newsom’s mental health proposal

SACRAMENTO – In a critical vote today, Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed CARE Court received 38-0 approval from state senators in an overwhelming show of support. Governor Newsom’s CARE Court Coalition also continues to gain momentum with the addition of key business organizations that include the California Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown California Association and 21 local chambers of commerce from across the state. Together, these organizations represent thousands of California businesses.

Prior to today’s affirmative vote in the Senate, the CARE Court bill – SB 1338 by Senators Tom Umberg and Susan Eggman – passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 7-0 vote last week. That means the CARE Court has been considered by three separate committees and passed each one without a single dissenting vote, and has now cleared the Senate with bipartisan support.

“With broad support from the California State Senate, CARE Court is one step closer to becoming a reality in California,” said Governor Newsom. commerce join our ever-expanding CARE Court Coalition, which includes a diverse group of supporters focused on addressing the challenge of severe mental illness that too often leaves people on our streets without hope.”

“The California Chamber of Commerce and our colleagues across the state are pleased to support Governor Newsom and his vision to provide support for those suffering from severe mental illness and substance use disorders through the newly proposed CARE Court plan,” said Jennifer Barrera, president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce. “CARE Court is a thoughtful, measured response to the tragedy of untreated mental illness affecting thousands of people. California employers have a clear interest in seeing CARE Court succeed, as many business owners and their employees experience firsthand the impact of inadequate policies that fail to address the needs of the people suffering on our streets and in our communities.

“The creation of CARE Court represents a new approach to early intervention and will help people get the support they deserve by addressing their basic needs,” said Rena Leddy, president of the California Downtown Association. “We appreciate the governor’s leadership on this important issue and are pleased to support this legislation.”

This announcement expands a growing coalition of supporters that includes state and local officials, families, first responders, healthcare professionals, behavioral health providers, civil rights groups, faith leaders and business groups, all in strong support of CARE Court.

CARE Court provides Californians suffering from untreated schizophrenia spectrum or other psychotic disorders with treatment, services and community housing and aims to serve as an upstream intervention for the most severely disabled Californians.

The bill voted on today reflects new additions to the CARE Court framework – specifically to strengthen the housing component of the CARE plan and to detail other key elements such as court process and data collection. These amendments have been developed following consultations with a wide range of stakeholders, which are ongoing.

CARE Court builds on Governor Newsom’s multi-year investment of $14.7 billion to provide 55,000 new housing units and treatment spaces and more than $11 billion annually in community behavioral health services. The governor’s approach focuses on quickly housing unsheltered individuals with behavioral health issues, with all new units coming online, while transforming Medi-Cal to provide more behavioral health services to the people who are struggling the most. For more information, visit


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