Starting February 1st, the Street Crisis Response Team will be on the streets of northern District 8! The SCRT, which is comprised of a behavioral health clinician, a community paramedic, and a peer behavioral health specialist, will respond to 911 calls for people experiencing behavioral health crisis on the streets of Upper Market and the Castro (as well as the Mission.)
San Francisco has long lacked an effective emergency response to people suffering from addiction and severe mental illness on our streets. The creation of the SCRT was a top recommendation of the 2019 Methamphetamine Task Force co-chaired by Supervisor Mandelman. He also worked with Mayor Breed and Supervisors Ronen and Haney to secure full funding for this new program in the 2020-21 Budget.
Now when residents, visitors, and businesses in Upper Market and the Castro see a mentally disturbed adult in crisis and call 911, the 911 Call Center can dispatch the SCRT to respond. This diverts calls from police in situations that don’t involve violent behavior. Initially the Castro/Mission team will work Monday to Friday 8am-4pm, and will soon expand to 9am-9pm 7 days a week. As new teams are formed and deployed the goal is 24×7 coverage.