Editorial: San Francisco casts vote for compassion for people with severe mental illness

July 9, 2014 3:17 AM

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In a vote that should prompt other California policymakers to act, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance insisting that people who suffer from severe mental illness receive care, rather than leave them to languish on the streets.

Supervisor Mark Farrell authored the ordinance creating an assisted outpatient treatment program. San Francisco supervisors voted 9-2 for it on Tuesday, sending it to Mayor Ed Lee for his expected signature.

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