Attorney Christopher Thomas joins producer/host Coralie Chun Matayoshi to discuss:

  • the rights of chronically houseless individuals with disabling conditions like severe mental illness or substance abuse
  • different legal actions that can help them, including civil commitment, guardianship, and assisted community treatment
  • how assisted community treatment “street medicine” works
  • proof required for a family court judge to issue an Order to Treat, that can include involuntary medication.

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