In Fresno, Newsom administration convenes CARE Court roundtable to advance framework for addressing mental health and addictions issues

Governor Newsom participates in a run with the Joint Homelessness Awareness and Crisis Response Teams of the City and County of Fresno

Administration hosts statewide CARE Court roundtables with health care and service providers, concerned Californians, local and court officials and other stakeholders
FRESNO — Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration today visited a health and wellness center in Fresno and hosted a panel discussion to discuss the new CARE Court proposal. Unveiled by the Governor earlier this month and following the inaugural roundtable in Los Angeles last week, CARE Court is a new policy framework to provide community-based mental health and addiction treatment services to Californians facing the most acute challenges, many of whom experience homelessness.

Earlier in the day, Governor Newsom took part in a ride with the Joint City and Fresno County Homeless Crisis Outreach and Response Teams to gain first-hand experience of their work. Click here for a B-roll of the Governor’s ride today and additional footage of recent events.

“The lived experience of people struggling with mental health and addiction issues highlights the need for a paradigm shift from the current status quo,” Governor Newsom said. “There is nothing compassionate about continuing to allow the current cycle of homelessness and incarceration to continue. My administration will continue to host CARE Court roundtables across the state to hear from Californians and affected stakeholders about their experiences and needs.

The Newsom administration convened today’s roundtable at the Fresno County Health and Wellness Center. Today’s roundtable is the second in a series of statewide meetings the administration will host, bringing together Californians who would benefit from the new framework, healthcare providers, first responders , outreach workers, court representatives, local officials and other stakeholders.

Governor Newsom participates in a run with the Joint Homelessness Awareness and Crisis Response Teams of the City and County of Fresno

“Fresno County is grateful for the opportunity to welcome Governor Newsom and Secretary Ghaly to the Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health and our Fresno community as they continue to listen to the perspectives of stakeholders on CARE Court,” said Susan Holt, LMFT, acting director of behavioral health. Department and Public Guardian. “We look forward to highlighting our crisis response and outreach services. We hope the CARE Court Framework will support our efforts to engage and serve people with behavioral health needs.

“On behalf of families, loved ones, and community members impacted by the difficult journey of living with serious mental illness, I am grateful to see Governor Newsom taking steps to prioritize treatment access options to achieve to recovery with the proposed CARE Courts,” said Chris Roup, Executive Director of NAMI Fresno. “This diversion opportunity will help add to a set of options for people who need additional support, such as the supporting role, often needed when they are unable to navigate their own way to recovery, while resources continue to be developed and made available as soon as possible.

Last week, the Governor also announced the launch of a new CARE Court website by the California Health and Human Services Agency, which will serve as a one-stop resource for the public and stakeholders to learn more about the framework, provide input and keep abreast of developments.

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