NewsSF Bay Area

SF Announces Behavioral Health Facility to Help Homeless People Exiting Jail

The Bay's best newsletter for underground events & news

San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on July 27, 2021 (photo by Daniel Montes/Bay City News).

San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Wednesday announced the opening of a new facility in the city’s South of Market neighborhood for homeless residents transitioning out of the criminal justice system and in need of behavioral health services.

The new transitional housing facility, called the Minna Project and located at 509 Minna St., will be able to house up to 75 individuals once it opens in early May.

Participants will have access to services including mental health and substance use treatment, case management, medication management, support groups, and recreational activities, with the goal of helping them become independent and avoid homelessness after having been involved in the criminal justice system.

The program will work with participants for one to two years and through the effort, the city is hoping to ensure people with behavioral health needs avoid both jail time and life on the streets.

According to city officials, as many as one-third of all people involved in the criminal justice system depend on behavioral health care.

“We’re continuing to expand our treatment options for people facing issues relating to mental health and addiction so we can get individuals off the street and into the care and shelter they need,” Breed said in a statement.

“With this project, we’re working to break the cycle of people with these challenges cycling from the justice system to the streets and back again, without receiving the type of care they need that could make a difference in their lives. With better coordination, more focused services, and housing options, we can hopefully improve this situation in San Francisco.”

The Minna Project is a collaboration between the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Adult Probation Department, as well as community organizations Westside Community Services and Tenderloin Housing Clinic.

“It is critical that we provide our behavioral health clients exiting the jail system with a seamless transition between care providers and a robust support system of case management, peer support, and wraparound social services,” SFDPH Deputy Health Director Dr. Naveena Bobba said.

The Minna Project is part of an effort to add some 400 beds citywide over the coming years, providing more spaces and options for homeless people in need of treatment.


Copyright © 2022 Bay City News, Inc. All rights reserved. Republication, rebroadcast or redistribution without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited. Bay City News is a 24/7 news service covering the greater Bay Area.

Like this article? Make sure to sign up for our mailing list so you never miss a goddamn thing!
Previous post

SF's Only Show with Live Cabaret & Live Baking!

Next post

US Formally Declared Russian Military Have Committed War Crimes in Ukraine


Bay City News

Bay City News

Bay City News Service journalists work around the clock to report on breaking news, traffic, weather, disasters, public events, crime, courts, government decisions, newsmakers and the local issues that matter to the San Francisco Bay Area’s nearly 8 million residents. The company is independent and locally-owned, supported by subscribers.

No Comment

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published.