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Dueling mental health reform plans emerge, as workers and patients claim victory at Behavioral Health Center

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 […]

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Dysfunctional, failing Behavioral Health Center feels like a microcosm of all San Francisco

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 […]

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Plan to transfer permanent housing at Behavioral Health Center into temporary shelter is ‘paused’

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 […]

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Focusing on prevention: Zak Williams talks about supes’ mental health overhaul

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. 

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Compromise reached to save Adult Residential Facility, which mayor and Health Department had moved to gut

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 […]

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Breaking: SF Health Dept. allowed mental patient to skip waitlist for psych facility — solely to avoid legal scrutiny

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 […]

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SF Health Department chose to deny services to the mentally ill. This was a management decision. Fixing it can be, too.

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 […]

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SF General Hospital to House New Navigation Center For Mentally Ill, Substance Abusers

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 […]

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Unaccompanied Minors Talk Trauma at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center

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,” […]

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Fight Brewing Over Proposed Health Center Closure

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 […]