The City and County of San Francisco is using Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) funding to help establish a new mental health service center in the South of Market/Tenderloin, one of the city’s highest-need neighborhoods. The site will provide essential services to an underserved population, including Behavioral Health Urgent Care/Mental Health Urgent Care, a Narcotic Treatment Program Medication Unit, and an office-based outpatient treatment center, along with street outreach behavioral health services. Mental health and substance use disorder assessment, pharmacy services, medications for opioid use disorder, extended care management, and housing services will also be offered.
“The site will provide a one-stop drop-in access point for urgent care, outpatient services, street outreach behavioral health services, pharmacy and office-based buprenorphine induction clinic services, CalAIM Enhanced Care Management, and care coordination,” said Dr. Hilary Kunins, Director of Behavioral Health Services and Mental Health SF, in her letter of support for the project. “The services will be provided to behavioral health clients most at risk and with the fewest resources in an area of our county with the highest concentration of individuals experiencing homelessness.”
Roughly half of San Francisco’s population that is experiencing homelessness is located in the South of Market/Tenderloin district. By serving 80 to 100 individuals daily, the facility will play a vital role in improving outcomes and reducing barriers to Mental Health access.
“The co-location and expansion of Enhanced Care Management and Office of Coordinated Care services, along with the proximity of co-located outpatient direct clinical services planned at the site, will improve coordination and services delivery,” said Dr. Kunins.