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March 2018 News Listing

2 officers cleared in shooting death of mentally ill man

A federal court jury has cleared two San Francisco police officers of wrongdoing for fatally shooting a mentally ill man in his home in December 2010. After hearing conflicting accounts of the officers’ confrontation with Vinh “Tony” Bui at a trial last week, U.S. District Court jurors rejected family members’ claims that the officers used more

VA tries gene test to treat depression

Kewchang Lee, a psychiatrist who oversees mental health consultations at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, is not used to being studied. But in recent weeks, Lee signed up to be part of a first-of-its-kind experiment that is playing out in 21 VA health centers around the country, including San Francisco and Palo Alto. more

California’s Tax On Millionaires Yields Big Benefits For People With Mental Illness, Study Finds

A statewide tax on the wealthy has significantly boosted mental health programs in California’s largest county, helping to reduce homelessness, incarceration and hospitalization, according to a report released Tuesday. Revenue from the tax, the result of a statewide initiative passed in 2004, also expanded access to therapy and case management to almost 130,000 people up more

Gunman who shot and killed veterans’ workers served in Afghanistan

YOUNTVILLE — The gunman suspected of killing three veterans’ workers and himself Friday had served a year in Afghanistan and had been awarded for his combat service, an Army spokeswoman said Saturday. Described as, “one of our heroes who clearly had demons,” Albert Cheung Wong was being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder at the Yountville more

For mentally ill homeless patients, new center offers 54 beds and a dose of hope

Few things are more appalling to anyone on San Francisco’s streets than being incoherently ranted at by agitated, psychologically unhinged homeless people. And few things are more appalling, somewhere deep inside those unfortunate human beings, than to be so trapped in the grip of mental illness that their self-awareness is destroyed. On Monday, city officials more