Political brawl between mayor’s ‘UrgentCareSF’ ballot measure and Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Matt Haney’s ‘Mental Health SF’ ballot measure looms First and foremost, let’s start with the people. Today was important for the people. When Chon first arrived at the Adult Residential Facility on the San Francisco General Hospital campus, he would tell staff, every […]
Barring unforeseen lunacy, Tuesday’s Health Commission meeting will feature a discussion of the strange and terrible saga of this city’s Behavioral Health Center. On prior occasions, this subject has been yelled about rather than talked about; mental health workers and others stormed the Sept. 17 meeting, shutting down the proceedings. This provided the dozen or […]
In a late Friday afternoon announcement, the Department of Public Health affirmed it has “paused changes” at the city’s Behavioral Health Center on the General Hospital campus, where it was poised to repurpose 41 permanent housing beds for the mentally ill into homeless shelter space. “We have chosen to pause changes at the Behavioral Health […]
At first glance, it’s hard to imagine what would bring two San Francisco supervisors and the son of the late Robin Williams onto the same stage on a chilly Wednesday night. But Supervisor Hillary Ronen, Supervisor Matt Haney, and Zak Williams stopped by Manny’s on 16th and Valencia to talk about something that touches many of our lives, and theirs more than most: mental health.
The 55-bed Adult Residential Facility — which had been willfully kept largely empty for months, prior to the mayor and Department of Public Health in August sparking a firestorm by proposing to essentially do away with it — will be preserved. “We are feeling relieved. We are feeling empowered,” said Connie Truong, a city activity […]
Like the boulders of Clinton Park being rolled off the sidewalk, put back on, taken off again — and now perhaps replaced with bigger boulders — the political tug-of-war between a faction of the Board of Supervisors and Mayor London Breed over reforming San Francisco’s mental health system draws on, as people continue to suffer on the street.
Another troubling development at the city’s Behavioral Health Center Under oath, a Department of Public Health official stated that a mental patient was allowed to cursorily skip 10 places on the waiting list for a psychiatric facility, and was rapidly admitted — despite having languished in jail for months while his attorneys were repeatedly told […]
Lorraine, who is 80, was apparently given two choices: Leave the Bernal Heights board-and-care facility for the elderly with the suspended license and head to one 155 miles away in Oroville — or else. She chose “or else.” On Aug. 29, the octogenarian walked out of her home and didn’t come back. A police report […]
Doing away with housing to increase Navigation Center shelter capacity is a move bordering on self-parody.
A fifth Navigation Center for the homeless, with a focus on helping those with mental illness and addiction, is planned for the San Francisco General Hospital campus and may open its doors as early as June. The proposed 15-bed center, called Hummingbird Place, is intended to serve homeless clients struggling with mental illness and substance […]
As a long time clinician at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center, Manuel Arredondo began to increasingly get requests to visit with unaccompanied minors who were suffering from the trauma of having left their homes in Central America and Mexico and crossed into the United States without their parents. “There is a lot of rapport building,” […]
The service center known as Walden House, which provides support to parolees, GED candidates, and others in need, has transitioned some services from its location on 15th and Mission to the HealthRight 360 headquarters down the street, and others to a new location on Howard and 6th streets which opened on January 20th. Walden House has […]
In what is being described as the beginning of a long fight, members of Southeast Mission Geriatric Services and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) held a demonstration on Thursday to oppose the city health department’s decision to close the geriatric center, located in Bernal Heights. “They don’t get to make these decision without community […]
“The more you get to know someone, the more you don’t look at them and think, ‘The police arrested you naked and defecating in the middle of the street.'” says Walter Glaser, an employment specialist at UC Citywide Community Case Management.”He pauses. “Really, do any of us want to be remembered at our worst moment?” En Español
“That’s my husband there,” says Dellie Punla, with a subtle nod of her head. Eyes turn toward the door, but no man materializes. “Fifty-seven years married!” Punla continues. “That is him — when he is healthy.” It was a photo on the wall of a grinning Achelle Punla in a white shirt. The wall is […]