Category Archives: Mental Health

Mental Health Advocates Demand Resources to Treat the Severely Mentally Ill

January 14, 2018

Physicians Organizing Committee members and mental health advocates launched a campaign this spring to force the San Francisco County Department of Behavioral Health and the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Hou­sing (DHSH) to close the growing gap between their declarations … Continue reading

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Government Failure Continues to Roil Mental Health Professionals and the Community

February 5, 2017

In 2002, the California Legislature passed AB1421, which authorized counties to implement Assisted Outpatient Therapy (AOT), also known as Laura’s Law. San Francisco launched its program in November 2015. The law mandates early intervention by mental health professionals and wraparound … Continue reading

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Campaign for High Quality, Accessible Mental Health Services Grows

September 6, 2012

SF Planning Commissioners Tour SFGH Psych Units with POC Commission President Calls for CPMC Psych Services Psychiatrists Bob Buckley, M.D., Gil Villela, M.D. and John Rouse, M.D., all Physicians Organizing Committee (POC) members, led four San Francisco Planning Commissioners on … Continue reading

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POC Members Advocate Regional Integrated Mental Health Plan

August 28, 2012

Campaign for mental health parity continues At the 14 December 2010 meeting of Physicians Organizing Committee’s (POC) Physicians Advocacy and Infor-mation Taskforce (PAITF), psychiatrists from the eastern San Francisco Bay Area (the East Bay), Akbar Gilani, M.D. and Thomas Powers, … Continue reading

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