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Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Court program to provide people with long-term community based support for mental health and substance use disorders during his State of the State address March 3.

CARE Court is meant to help people with mental health and substance abuse disorders before homelessness or incarceration, according to the Office of Governor Newsom. It would focus on people with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders who may not have medical-decision making capacity.

People would be connected with a care team for individualized care plans for 12 months with an extra 12 months if needed. The care plans could include prescriptions, support services, stabilizing

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