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CARE Court

What is CARE Court?

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CARE Court is a “new civil court process” established to:​

  • Focus counties and other local governments on serving persons with untreated schizophrenia spectrum or other psychotic disorders.​
  • Provide behavioral health and other essential resources and services.​
  • Protect self-determination and civil liberties by providing legal counsel and promoting supported decision making. ​
  • Intervene sooner in the lives of those in need to provide support.​

Who Qualifies?

  • Adults, 18 years or older.​
  • Diagnosed with a Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders.​
  • Currently experiencing behaviors and symptoms associated with severe mental illness (SMI).​
  • Not clinically stabilized in on-going voluntary treatment.​
  • At least one of the following:​
  • Unlikely to survive safely without supervision, and condition is substantially deteriorating. ​
  • Needs services and support to prevent relapse or deterioration, leading to grave disability or harm to others. ​
  • Participation in a CARE Plan or Agreement is the least restrictive alternative.​
  • Likely to benefit from participating in a CARE Plan or Agreement.​


Tuolumne County Superior Court Self Help Center is available to provide CARE Act assistance and education to all parties.

Self-Help Center, First Floor
12855 Justice Center Drive
Sonora, CA 95370

CARE Act Assistance Walk in Hours:

Monday through Friday: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Afternoon Appointments Available:

CARE Act Program Manager:
Cas Vigardt - (209) 288-6718

For more information and forms click HERE.

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