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    We have psychiatric institutes for the violently ill. They are already underfunded. Unclear as to what is being proposed in addition to this, other than further undermining civil rights in a dangerous way.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/g...-b2027996.html
    Newsom proposes to force some homeless people into treatment

    California governor proposes plan to force homeless people with severe mental illness or addictions into treatment

    California's governor proposed a plan on Thursday to force homeless people with severe mental health and addiction disorders into treatment.

    The proposal by Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, would require all counties in California to set up a mental health branch in civil court to assist people in need of help but who won't accept services.

    The state would require counties to provide comprehensive treatment to those suffering from debilitating psychosis and people would be obligated to accept the care.

    Some advocates for the homeless have objected to forced care, but Newsom told the San Francisco Chronicle it is past time to talk about civil rights when people are attacking others.

    His proposal would require legislative agreement...
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    “It’s about a new pathway,” Ghaly said. “It’s about a paradigm shift.”

    Ghaly sais he expects the program could apply to 7,000 to 12,000 people in California, although not all have to be homeless.
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