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Crisis Text Line

Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.

NAMI HelpLine

Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) M–F, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. PT for free mental health info, referrals and support.

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Care Act Overview

Senate Bill (SB) 1338 (Chapter 319, Statutes of 2022) established the Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Act, that represents a crucial step forward in ensuring that individuals facing severe mental health challenges (schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders) in California receive the care they so desperately need. Too often, these vulnerable individuals find themselves without access to the necessary treatment.

CARE takes a proactive approach by intervening earlier, seeking to divert individuals from more restrictive conservatorships or incarceration. It establishes a vital connection between those in crisis and a court-ordered CARE plan or agreement that can span up to 12 months, with potential extensions for an additional year.

Recognizing the pressing need for support and accountability, CARE steps in not only to help those with severe untreated mental illnesses but also to assist local governments in their duty to provide behavioral health services. The CARE process operates through California’s civil courts, enabling earlier intervention and offering much-needed support and accountability.

Moreover, CARE ensures that individuals receive clinically appropriate community-based services.

The CARE Act will start in phases:

On October 1, 2023, Cohort 1 counties will implement CARE, including Glenn, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, and San Francisco.

Los Angeles will begin on December 1, 2023.

All remaining counties will begin implementation by December 1, 2024, unless the county is granted additional time by DHCS.

Resource Center

CARE Act Resource Center – HMA has developed a resource center that provides training, technical assistance and resources to county behavioral health agencies, counsel, volunteer supporters, and other stakeholders to support the implementation of the CARE Act.

  • Resource library – This library is intended to support a wide variety of stakeholders with information and resources for the seamless implementation of the Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Act. The information is provided by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Health Management Associates (HMA), and other partners. Additionally, the library contains content from other external sources.
  • Training Materials – Health Management Associates (HMA) is offering trainings and open forum discussions on prioritized topics at least monthly. All Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Act trainings conducted as part of this effort are recorded and materials are available for review.
  • Find Your Self-Help Center – Find your local California Court Self-Help Center to get answers to questions and receive direct support with completing and filing a petition. Self-Help Centers can provide legal information and resources in-person, over the phone, or online to people without a lawyer.

Recorded Trainings and Webinars

What is CARE Act?


How Your Loved One Can Qualify for CARE Act


How Families Can Support Their Loved Ones through the CARE Act


The Role of the Volunteer Supporter in CARE Act


The Petition Process

The Care Act Process

Resources References from the Recording Video:

Resources for trainings, materials, or support:

Main Websites of stakeholders:

Focus Group Zoom Meeting Registration coming soon! This focus group will discuss this training video on how our NAMI CA team can improve our future trainings for families.

Webinar- For NAMI Affiliates on how to support families through the Care Act process is uploaded on the “For NAMI Affiliates” webpage. This webpage is password protected, please reach out to our programs team ( to request for that code.

CARE Act Resources

CARE Act Petitions Resources

For those who do not qualify for CARE

For alternative resources for your loved one, find your local NAMI Affiliate will be able to provide you with further information on referral services and resources.


CARE Act Family Experience Survey

Our State wants to hear from family members! This is a great opportunity to share your experience with CARE Act.

As we support our families, we may have found that CARE was a vital part in that support, either a care plan, or alternative resources and services offered to our loved one. We may be in the process still, or we may have had some challenges that we want to share.

 Take the survey here: CARE Act Family Experience Survey

Disclaimer: CARE Act has been implemented in the cohort 1 counties as of October 1st, 2023. If you are in the cohort 2 counties that are not affected yet, this survey may apply to family members who are supporting their loved one who is located in the cohort 1 county.


Send NAMI CA a quote!

If you would like to send in a quote to NAMI CA about your experience with care petitioning, supporting a loved one, care plans, etc. We would like to share some data to show what the successes have been and also if there have been any challenges. Please email


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