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CARE (Contact ▪ Assess ▪ Recover ▪ Ensure Success) Task Force

CARE Task Force Final Report





In his 2014 State of the City Address, Mayor Edwin M. Lee observed that “While we have the strongest social safety net in the nation, we still have far… too many people unable to make the choices they need to save their own lives because of severe mental health and substance abuse problems.” In an effort to ensure recovery and success for this population, Mayor Lee tasked the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) with convening a community process to determine how to engage and maintain in appropriate behavioral health treatment severely mentally ill, and often dually diagnosed, adults that current programs have failed to successfully treat or adequately engage.

CARE Task Force: An Overview

A broad range of community stakeholders comprise the CARE Task Force. Co-chaired by Jo Robinson, SFDPH Director of Community Behavioral Health Services, and Lani Kent, Mayor Edwin M. Lee’s Senior Health Advisor, this Task Force will develop policy and programmatic recommendations designed to better serve those residents with the most challenging behavioral health needs. View the complete roster of CARE Task Force members.

As part of the CARE process, Task Force Members have committed to the following:

  • Participate in four meetings between March 2014 and May 2014;
  • Review data and related analysis compiled by SFDPH staff and presented at Task Force meetings;
  • Share expertise regarding San Francisco’s behavioral health system and resident needs;
  • Encourage community participation and receive public comment; and
  • Develop a final report and accompanying recommendations for consideration by Mayor Edwin M. Lee.

CARE Task Force Meetings

The CARE Task Force will host four bi-weekly community meetings between March 2014 and May 2014. A schedule of meetings by possible content area appears below:

  • Meeting 1 (March 20, 2014): Introductions and Describing + Understanding the Target Population in the Context of San Francisco’s Existing Behavioral Health System
  • Meeting 2 (April 3, 2014): Contacting and Assessing the Target Population in Care
  • Meeting 3 (April 17, 2014): Sustaining Appropriate Treatment Along San Francisco’s Continuum of Behavioral Health Care to Ensure Recovery and Success
  • Meeting 4 (May 1, 2014): Finalize CARE Task Force Report Framework and Recommendations


Each meeting will take place at San Francisco City Hall (1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place), Room 305 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. All meetings will be open to the public.

CARE Task Force Meeting Materials

CARE Task Force Meeting Agenda (March 20, 2014)

CARE Task Force Meeting Agenda (April 3, 2014)

CARE Task Force Meeting Agenda (April 17, 2014)

CARE Task Force Meeting Agenda (May 1, 2014)

Background Materials

CARE Process Framework

2014 State of the City Address