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Mental Health San Francisco Implementation Working Group

Background and Objectives

On December 6, 2019, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance amending the Administrative Code to establish Mental Health San Francisco (Mental Health SF). This new program will provide access to mental health services, substance use treatment, and psychiatric medications to all adult San Francisco residents with mental illness and/or substance abuse who are homeless, uninsured, or enrolled in Medi-Cal or Healthy San Francisco. The ordinance establishes a Mental Health SF Implementation Working Group (IWG), a 13-member board, to advise its development and implementation and eventually to present final recommendations concerning the design and any steps that may be required to ensure a successful implementation of Mental Health SF.

Specifically, the IWG will address the ordinance service components via the following actions:

  • Review program data
  • Review and assess implementation plan
  • Evaluate effectiveness

Meeting Schedule, Location, and Materials

The IWG will conduct monthly public meetings, beginning in December 2020 and will terminate by September 2026. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on in-person gatherings, meetings will be held remotely, using the WebEx platform, until public health officials deem it safe to meet in person. Please see the meeting agenda for the WebEx meeting link.

Meeting Date Agendas Minutes Meeting Materials
Thursday, January 26 2021: 9:30 am Agenda


- Discussion Item #4: MHSF IWG Chair/Vice Chair Interest Statement

- MHSF IWG Members Thumbnails

Monday, December 14, 2020: 2:30 pm Agenda Draft Meeting Minutes

- MHSF IWG Planning Framework

- Ordinance

- Slide Deck

- Meeting Recording

Feb 2021: TBD






IWG Members

Seat Member Name Qualification /Representation Appointed By
Seat 1 Amy Wong, A.M.F.T. Health Care Worker Board
Seat 2 Jameel Patterson Lived experience Mayor
Seat 3 Phillip Jones Lived experience Board
Seat 4 Shon Buford Peace Office, Emergency Medical Response, Firefighter Mayor
Seat 5 Dr. Vitka Eisen, M.S.W., Ed. D. Treatment provider with mental health harm reduction experience Mayor
Seat 6 Steve Fields, M.P.A. Treatment provider with mental health harm reduction experience Board
Seat 7 Andrea Salinas, L.M.F.T. Treatment Provider with criminal justice experience Board
Seat 8 Dr. Monique LeSarre, Psy. D. Behavioral Health licensed professional Board
Seat 9 Dr. Scott Arai, Psy. D. Residential Treatment Program Management and Operations Mayor
Seat 10 Dr. Ana Gonzalez, D.O. DPH employee experience with dual diagnosis Mayor
Seat 11 Sara Shortt, M.S.W. Supportive housing provider Board
Seat 12 Dr. Hali Hammer, M.D. DPH employee with health systems or hospital administration experience Mayor
Seat 13 Kara Chien, J.D. Health law expert appointed City Attorney



Recommendation and Reports




Related Links/Resources

Mental Health SF Ordinance


Meeting Recordings





For all inquiries about the Mental Health SF Implementation Working Group,
please email the City Staff coordinators at