Homeless with mental issues could be assessed involuntarily

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Sharmane Botelho, left, embraces State health director Dr. Kenneth Fink at the Iwilei Resource Center on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Honolulu. Some mentally ill homeless clients could be taken to the Behavioral Health Crisis Center against their will if Gov. Josh Green signs new legislation into law.

HONOLULU — Homeless people displaying mental health issues could be taken off the street against their will and brought in for assessment at a 3-month-old behavioral center in Iwilei if a new bill becomes law.