The two leading Los Angeles mayoral candidates strongly support Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed “CARE court” plan, which would allow a third party, such as a family member, to seek court-ordered intervention on behalf of a person suffering from a serious mental disorder. illness.
“I support it, I support it, I think it’s the right thing to do,” said mayoral candidate and commercial real estate developer Rick Caruso. “The devil is in the details because this is a work in progress… I think it’s the right direction. I hope it gets done. We certainly need the help in Los Angeles.”
Los Angeles congresswoman and mayoral candidate Karen Bass also applauded the effort, saying it is “inhumane” to allow people to live on the streets without the ability to care for themselves.
“I’ve talked to relatives who want some way to help their relatives, and in some cases that means stopping them,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean you stop them forever. It means you stop them, take care of them and stabilize them.”
Bass said the goal would be to help a person with serious mental illness so they can be referred to a treatment center or returned to their families.
“We have to stop allowing people to essentially kill themselves on the street,” Bass said.
NBC4’s Conan Nolan talks with Los Angeles Mayoral Candidate Congresswoman Karen Bass about the homeless problem in detail and how to solve it.
Both candidates made the comments on NBC4’s NewsConference show on Sunday.
Newsom’s “CARE Court” plan has been condemned by several groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, which fears the proposal strips the mentally ill of their personal liberties and “perpetuates institutional racism.”
Bass rejected the criticism. “I would like to know, what is the alternative?”
The congresswoman says her research on police shootings indicates that 30 to 40 percent of them involved people with mental illness.
“We allow people to deteriorate to the point where they hurt themselves or others…they’ve seen several high-profile crimes, horrific crimes…because of someone who is mentally ill.”
Caruso appeared on the show with former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton, whom he recommended for the position 20 years ago, when Caruso was serving as chairman of the Los Angeles Police Commission.
Bratton endorsed Caruso’s candidacy, saying the billionaire businessman will take a “holistic approach” to fighting crime.
“Focus on homelessness, narcotic addiction, emotional disturbance, quality of life and crime…and get the city back on its feet,” Bratton said.