Addressing our Mental Health Crisis

Farrell and MilfayOur country is experiencing a mental health crisis, with over 40 million American’s suffering from mental health illnesses, and we are not immune from the problem here in San Francisco. We are reminded all too often with gun violence incidents such as the 2012 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary that we need to do everything possible to prevent future incidents. I have led efforts in City Hall to expand and enhance our City’s behavioral and mental health services system, so that we can better serve those who are experiencing mental illness and put them on a path towards successful recovery.

  • CARES Task Force – Mayor Lee appointed me as the only member of the Board of Supervisors to serve on his Contact, Assess, Recover, & Ensure Success (CARES) Task Force that works to enhance current services and find new solutions to better serve those with mental illness. The Task Force came up with 31 actionable items that are all currently being implemented.
  • Laura’s Law – I authored and advanced legislation that fully implemented Laura’s Law here in San Francisco. Laura’s Law is a state law that allows for court-ordered, community-based mental health treatment options for those clearly suffering from severe mental illness. The passage of Laura’s Law in San Francisco has had a cascading affect across the state with numerous other counties recently having passed similar legislation.
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