The California Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Court Program legislation (SB 1338) has passed the Legislature, and it certainly will be signed by Governor Newsom as the act has his support. Here is a link to the Governor’s statement on the passage of CARE Court https://www.gov.ca.gov/2022/08/31/governor-newsom-statement-on-the-legislatures-passage-of-care-court/.
I wrote a blog about the SB 1338 in May although I seldom write about legislation before it is enacted. But the CARE Court is a significant piece of legislation and I knew that it had strong support, and some opposition. Indeed, the details in the legislation have changed, and have increased significantly since May (printing SB 1338 from the legislative website is 25 pages, whereas in PDF form SB 1338 is 52 pages).
The CARE Court does not start immediately; however, as the CARE Court has to be put in place, further designed and implemented at the county level, a significant (perhaps tremendous) amount of work has to be done. Although SB 1338 is lengthy, it does not represent or arise to the level of being the plan and court rules for final implementation. As stated in SB 1338: “A first cohort of counties, which shall include the Counties of Glenn, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne, and the City and County of San Francisco, shall begin no later then October 1, 2023, unless the county is provided additional time pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (c).” To the extent that I am able to relatively easily follow progress that is being made, I will do so, and I will be commenting about this legislation and developments in future blog posts.
This legislation pertains to difficult issues, and to people with difficult health, mental and physical conditions and situations, and it also pertains to personal and constitutional rights. California already has in place conservatorship processes (both LPS and general conservatorships), and there also are already rights, duties and responsibilities relating to principal/agent, power of attorney, trustee/beneficiary, executor/beneficiary, doctor/patient and healthcare provider, and other similar relationships. To the extent that a CARE Court issues an order or directive, unless it is very truly voluntarily entered into, most likely it will be or at least could be considered to be an order or directive, or some sort of limitation on personal rights by the government.
More to follow after the Governor signs this legislation and the work begins.
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