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What works for San Franciscans in a crisis?

Compassionate, non-punitive approaches to behavioral health are showing recent success in San Francisco. In places where these alternatives have been in effect longer, they’ve been successful, too. 

Here, for example, the few months of a Street Crisis Response team replacing the police as first responders to non-violent mental health crisis calls has seen “wild success,” said Dr. Angelica Almeida, a psychologist with the Department of Public Health who oversees the team.

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