SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco has officially launched its first Street Crisis Response Team, which will respond to mental health or addiction-related 911 calls in the Tenderloin area.
The pilot program aims to “reduce law enforcement responses to non-violent activity and let them focus on public safety,” according to Mayor London Breed.
Responding officials include a behavioral health clinician, peer specialist and a medical professional, said Breed. The fire department is also a partner in the team.
The San Francisco Police Department will still respond to any 911 calls related to violent or criminal activity.
This first team will focus on calls in the Tenderloin, according to District 6 supervisor Matt Haney. They will be responding to non-violent calls between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The mayor said there will be a total of six Street Crisis Response Teams to cover the entire city, but only said they hope to get all six operating in the coming months to cover all seven days of the week.
“We need to end the cycle of people not getting treated, only to be released back on the street once again,” Breed tweeted.
According to Haney, the city eventually plans to create an “Office of Coordinated Care, a Mental Health SF Services Center” to continue treating people with mental health issues and addiction without involving police.