SF expands civilian response to mental health 911 calls
April 5, 2021

San Francisco Examiner, by Joshua Sabatini

San Francisco is expanding a new program to the Bayview that aims to be an alternative to policing by having a team of behavioral health professionals and paramedics respond to certain 911 calls.

The Street Crisis Response Team will respond to non-violent reports of people in mental health crisis in the Bayview every day of the week beginning Monday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., according to the Mayor’s Office.

The Bayview team is the third to be deployed in San Francisco. Officials first launched a team in the Tenderloin last November, followed by a second team serving the Mission and Castro in February.

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