California proposes mental health courts for homeless people

World Today


Home to about one-fifth of the total homeless population in the United States, California is taking controversial measures to establish mental health courts in every county, that would provide mental health treatments for homeless people with severe mental illnesses, in some cases even against their will.

Supporters of the decision say mental health is a major obstacle in the way of many people struggling to get a stable income and housing. 

While opponents argue that forced treatments could violate civil liberties.