Join the Mad Mob!
Mad Mob: People with mental health conditions organizing to advocate for ourselves. We want people with lived experience of the mental health system to lead the effort to reform it. We are a grassroots group open to all people who have experienced barriers to mental health. Read our demand letter to San Francisco Department of Public Health Director Grant Colfax here.
– Universal access to consumer-directed mental health care.
– Full integration of people with mental health disabilities into society.
– Stable, dignified housing for all.
– Expanded conservatorship and involuntary treatment.
– Criminalization of people with mental health disabilities.
To fight stigma, we openly identify ourselves as: consumers, patients, clients, survivors, or people with mental health challenges/disabilities/barriers/mad gifts/mental illness.
We meet on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. Currently, we meet via Zoom, but previously our meetings were held at the SDA office (1360 Mission St., Suite 400) from 2:00-3:30pm. Contact Raia to get involved at (415) 546-1333, ext. 308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come join us on Thursday, July 30th at 4pm for an open meeting and discussion! How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your mental health? Have you been able to access services? How would you change the mental health system in San Francisco? See the flyer here.
Mad Mob in the News
On January 24th 2020, Mad Mob had its official debut with a rally at the Department of Public Health. Members demanded that the Director approve funding for Mental Health SF, rather than waiting for a vote at the ballot box. Read Mad Mob’s demand letter to DPH Director Grant Colfax here.
Read about the rally in The Examiner here: “Mad Mob aims to influence SF City Hall on mental health policies.”
On December 4th, Mad Mob members put out an op-ed in The Examiner: “The debate over mental health policy needs to include those who use city services.”
CONSERVATORSHIP / SB 1045
SB 1045 is a bill that passed at the state level to expand conservatorship law to include substance abuse and to expand the criteria for losing one’s civil liberties through conservatorships. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted to implement this new program. There is concern that it will take away the rights of people with mental health disabilities and substance abuse WITHOUT providing voluntary services. Drug treatment, mental health services, and housing must be available when people ask for them!
Check out a fact sheet on the issue.