New care court system begins in California
California's new care court system begins this week, aiming to address the state's homelessness crisis. The system makes it easier for judges to move people with mental illnesses off of the street and into treatment programs. The initiative allows family members, first responders and behavior health professionals to file a petition on behalf of a person who they believe poses a threat to themselves or others. To be eligible, a person must be diagnosed with schizophrenia or other another qualifying disorder. A care court judge will then review the petition and the county will create a voluntary plan for the person, including counseling, social services and housing. KTVU's Alex Savidge and Heather Holmes speak with San Francisco Superior Court Judge Michael Begert, who is supervising the city's care court about the program.