Is Forced Mental Health Treatment, Not Housing, the Way to Solve Homelessness in Places like Orange County?

While many advocates for homeless people have long argued that ‘housing first’ is the real solution to a worsening crisis, state officials are instead looking to mandate mental health treatment on the population, with housing more or less taking a back seat.

In early March, Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a plan to put homeless people with Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders under state control, through court-ordered “CARE” plans.

[Read: A New Approach to the Homeless Crisis Could be Coming to Orange County]

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