SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The City and County of San Francisco exceeded its goal of hiring 200 health care workers to meet the needs of the beleaguered Tenderloin neighborhood, according to a news release Friday morning.
The public health department has hired a total of 204 workers who have been hired to support people who are homeless or who suffer from mental health or addiction disorders.
In February, KRON4 announced that the first hundred had been hired.
One of the reasons the Mayor of London Breed declared an emergency in the inner city district was to speed up the hiring of these workers, which would have taken months if a declaration had not been made, according to his office.
“We are thrilled to welcome so many new people and to see such energy and enthusiasm for improving the health and well-being of San Franciscans,” said Dr. Hillary Kunins, director of behavioral health services, in the press release. “We have staffed to a level that can begin to meet the magnitude of mental health and addictions needs we see in our communities. The city has focused many resources to meet these critical needs, and now we have new staff members joining us to make it happen.
The press release goes on to state that “the new staff includes behavioral health clinicians, pharmacists, health workers and others who will implement effective programs and services that can reach people where they are.” “.
Some of the new workers will be at the Tenderloin Linkage Center near the Civic Center, and others will be at the Coordinated Care Office, which is part of the Mental Health SF initiative.
“Newly hired public health staff will play a vital role in the city’s response to save lives and support people with complex behavioral health needs by providing access to care, treatment and connections to people. other necessary services,” the press release read. “Under the emergency powers, the SFDPH and [the department off human resources] streamlined the City’s hiring process while respecting competitive, fair and equity-based selection processes. SFDPH is working to build on this hiring success and will continue to eliminate layoffs and combine onboarding activities where possible.
The state of emergency expired last month. Breed has staked his political fortune in the city’s ability to deal with the mental health, homelessness and drug crises evident in the Tenderloin.