“CA Supreme Court rejects disability advocates’ bid to block Newsom mental health court”

Via The Sacramento Bee

“Gov. Gavin Newsom will be allowed to establish a system of mental health courts after a lawsuit brought by disability rights advocates failed to block it from moving forward.

The California Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled it would not prevent California counties from implementing Newsom’s Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment, or CARE, Court.”

“Lack of participation in CARE Court may make it easier for people to be placed in involuntary treatment through the state’s existing system.

Disability Rights California, one of the advocacy groups that brought the legal challenge, is “disappointed” by the decision, the organization said in a statement on Friday.

“We, with our partners, will carefully monitor Care Court implementation throughout the state and embrace all viable options to ensure that the rights of disabled Californians are respected and enforced,” said Melody Pomraning, Disability Rights communications director.”

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