June 13, 2019

Forced Treatment in San Francisco

The Board of Supervisors of the city of San Francisco approved a plan that expands the city’s ability to force mentally ill drug users into treatment. The ordinance is meant to address the overlapping crises of mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness facing the city and its residents, and will expand the use of conservatorships.  Opponents are concerned that it will deter people from seeking help, as well as possibly resulting in people unnecessarily being placed in a conservatorship.