San Francisco proposes nation’s first universal mental health care system

San Francisco residents could soon receive free mental health care and substance use disorder treatment under a proposed universal mental health care system aiming to be the first of its kind in the country.

Hillary Ronen and Matt Haney, elected officials on the city’s Board of Supervisors, will officially introduce their plan during Tuesday’s board meeting. The plan, which is called “Mental Health SF,” would include a 24/7 treatment center for any city resident in need of help, whether that’s counseling for anxiety or emergency care to treat a psychotic episode.

“(Mental Health SF) serves everyone from people who are insured but can’t get an appointment for a month or two … all the way to people that are living on the streets in crisis,” Ronen said.

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