California’s pending crackdown on homeless crisis

One possible approach: Pursuing involuntary commitment. A new state law authored by Weiner makes it easier for three counties to “conserve” — or take guardianship over — homeless people with several mental illness or substance use disorders who bounce in and out of short-term psychiatric commitments. And California voters could weigh in next year on a proposed ballot measure that would sentence homeless offenders to treatment instead of jail time. MORE