Good morning,Last week I attended the monthly meeting of the Marin County Mental Health Board. These meetings are sparsely attended and all present usually are either on the Board, or work for an agency or department that has concerns about mental health.Dr Tavano, Director of Marin County Mental Health, gave a presentation on some new programs that have started operations recently.Mobile Crisis Response TeamThey respond to those persons that are in acute mental health crisis. Available 7 days a week. They determine if the client needs to be transported to Psychiatric Emergency Services or Marin General Hospital Emergency. As far as I know they do not transport the client. This is reserved for paramedics. They will have to coordinate with the San Rafael Police Department Home Team, CARE 1 and CARE 2 Teams. These three teams deal with people in mental crisis as well. The Home Team is for San Rafael only, but mainly in the downtown. The CARE 1 Team covers the entire County and the CARE 2 Team is for San Rafael only, but mainly in the downtown.
Good morning,Here is a recent incident in Mississippi where a homeless man allegedly lured a woman to his campsite, kidnapped, raped and beat her. Can you imagine why this woman went to his campsite? Did she think she was going to help him, or comfort him. Her intentions are not divulged in the article, but she paid dearly for her mistake. His intentions were obvious.Since I started San Rafael Group, I have received many emails from those that have invited homeless to stay in their homes with the idea that they are going to help them get their lives together. They have the best of intentions, but sadly don't have the knowledge, ability or resources to rehabilitate a homeless person. It never ends well, at least, I have never heard of it ending well. Most of the well intentioned get sucked into dealing with problems that they never dreamed could possible exist. Don't do it!http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/homeless-man-kidnapped-raped-woman-lowe-cops-article-1.2126960Hugo Landecker
Gary Kamiya | Photo: Mark Mahaney | February 28, 2015
For more than 30 years the homeless have roamed San Francisco’s streets. Are they destined to suffer here forever?
THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD The people pictured here, all currently homeless, were photographed at St. Anthony’s Dining Room, a free soup kitchen in the Tenderloin, on January 30.
It’s 10 a.m. on a bright December morning in North Beach, and I’m walking down the pedestrian pathway east of the new library on Columbus Avenue. Approaching its northern end, I come upon two shabbily dressed, unshaven, gray-haired men. The first, standing up and loudly holding forth about something or other, looks oddly familiar. He has a strong face and a formidable nose, like a working stiff in a Truffaut film. The other guy has a big gut and a bushy beard and is sitting on a low ledge. Both are holding 16-ounce cans of malt liquor. A third man is fast asleep under a blanket a few feet away.
I ask the two men if they’d be willing to talk to me about being homeless. “Sure,” says the guy with the prominent nose, his eyes a little fuzzy. “What do you want to know, sir?” His breath reeking of booze, he tells me that his name is Mark Morgan and that he’s a dancer. “I dance every night up on Columbus and Green,” he says. That’s where I’ve seen him—outside the bank, tap-dancing to a boom box for coins. He’s got a board and tap shoes and everything. His street name, he tells me, is Tap.
I ask Tap if he sleeps around here. “Yeah. The North Beach area.” Do the police roust him out? “Oh yeah, they do sometimes. But generally they’re pretty nice. Actually, unbelievably nice. If you try to sleep outside in Santa Rosa, San Rafael, or something, they mess you up. They make you move around, follow you around. But San Francisco’s great. I dance on the street. I used to do it down at Fisherman’s Wharf, but there’s one bad cop down there, so I just moved up to Columbus and Green. Otherwise, the city’s cool. You can be whoever you want to be.”
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Good morning,Homeless solutionThis is one paragraph in a lengthy NextDoor posting. It offers a solution to homelessness, or does it?I really think if Marin County was willing to find some kind of country sanctuary for the homeless to camp in, far away someplace in West Marin, in an agricultural area that was controlled and set up like a work camp, these younger guys would be willing to relocated. A bus could come and take those on a work detail to tend to what is needed in the county to prevent forest fires, clear brush, etc. A bus could take others to get necessary medical stuff done like teeth cleaning, and medical assessment and vaccinations. A bus could come and bring them Marin Food Bank food and provisions. They could build latrines, a community kitchen, do garbage detail, plant a garden, build storage lockers to store their stuff, and have the ability to have pet dogs or cats with them and form a government of sorts. Social workers could help those who wanted, get their GEDs or learn computer skills, etc.
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