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Scam Alert: The Superior Court of Santa Cruz has been notified that an individual posing as a deputy/court security is calling court customers stating that they owe money for failing to appear. If you receive a call of this nature, please contact the court directly at 831-420-2200 to receive accurate information.


The Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Act allows specific people to ask the court to create a voluntary CARE agreement or court-ordered CARE plan for someone who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders and is experiencing untreated severe mental illness. The CARE plan may include treatment, housing support and other services. The CARE process involves assessments and a hearing to determine if someone is eligible. The county behavioral health agency is involved in the CARE process.

Implementation of the CARE Act is phased. Santa Cruz County is in the second phase of implementation. We will begin accepting CARE Act filings on December 1, 2024. 

You can find more information about the CARE Act and the CARE process in general by reviewing the following resources: