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‘Mad Mob’ aims to influence SF City Hall on mental health policies

January 25, 2020

By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt

They are fed up with City Hall telling those who need the services what’s best for them

Calling themselves the Mad Mob, a new group of those with mental health disabilities in San Francisco marched on the Department of Public Health Friday demanding increased spending to expand voluntary services.

They are fed up with City Hall telling those who need the services what’s best for them and want to play a larger role in the future of policies around mental health services.

The name has several intentions, including to show “we are a forceful group working together as a team,” said one of its organizers, Eddie Stiel, a longtime Mission District resident who suffers from from depression and anxiety…(more)

The group, launched with the help of the nonprofit San Francisco Senior and Disability Action, formed largely in reaction to the Board of Supervisors and Mayor London Breed approving a program in June to increase The City’s authority to compel people into court-ordered conservatorship under SB1045, which they consider a “war on unhoused and disabled people.”

No one has yet been conserved under the program eight months later, as previously reported by the San Francisco Examiner. A mayoral spokesperson has said The City remains working out the logistics for the legal process through the courts but expects “we will be able to proceed with advancing cases soon.”…(more)

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