Statement from Mayor London Breed on Effort to Strengthen Mental Health System
Mental Health SF will be removed from November 2019 ballot to allow more time for collaboration Mayor’s Office, Board of Supervisors, Department of Public Health and stakeholders
San Francisco -- Today Supervisor Hillary Ronen and Supervisor Matt Haney announced that they will remove Mental Health SF, a ballot measure to expand mental health and substance use services in San Francisco, from the November 2019 ballot. The move comes after consultation with the Department of Public Health and the Mayor’s office, who agreed to work closely with Supervisors Ronen and Haney to make mental health reform a success.
Mayor Breed released the following statement:
“Too many people are struggling with mental health and substance use disorder in our City, and I am committed to addressing the needs of those suffering on our streets. As we work together to get our residents the care and services they need, it is important that we undertake a comprehensive, inclusive process to build on the progress we have made to strengthen our mental health system. This year we have already passed a new conservatorship law to help those with mental illness and substance use disorder, we are opening 200 new behavioral health beds for those most in need, and our new Director of Mental Health Reform is hard at work looking at improvements to our mental health system. By digging in and working together, we can make a difference on mental health in this City. I look forward to collaborating with the Department of Public Health, Supervisors Ronen and Haney, and the entire Board of Supervisors to craft a plan that is effective and sustainable for the City and all of our residents.”