ARISE Meeting Notes—January 15, 2020
Attendees: Eddie S., Tasha/Donacyan G., James V., Lisa W., Linda J., Teresa T., Kathryn W., Josh H., Robert N., Dan C., Ray K., CW J.
Be vocal about what members want in the newsletter. We will try to get it out in the first week of the month. We will remove stipends from the flyer in the newsletter. We have separate ARISE and MHASF newsletters.
MHASF Warm Line
Warm Line has expanded hours to 24/7/366.
Mental Health SF
MHSF is low-barrier services for mental health. Supervisors Ronen and Haney and Mayor Breed negotiated a compromise plan, which passed the Board of Supervisors 11-0. However, it is unfunded. The Board can only fund it if there is a budget surplus or if voters pass a bond or tax measure, no earlier than the November, 2020 election. David Elliott Lewis served on a private task force that worked on the measure.
Do mental health consumers have a union? Maybe it could be ARISE.
Expanded Conservatorships/Voluntary Services First Coalition
State Senator Scott Wiener led the effort (SB 1045) to expand involuntary conservatorships based on police initiated 5150 holds. The Voluntary Services First Coalition formed to oppose SF’s effort to expand the criteria for losing one’s civil liberties through conservatorships. VSFC meets again on 1/31/20 at Senior and Disability Action, 2 pm to 3:30 pm.
Mad Mob SF
Mad Mob SF is a group of mental health consumers organizing for rights and access to services. It is holding a kick-off event on January 24
th in Civic Center Plaza from 12pm to 1pm. Its next meeting is Friday, February 14 from 2 PM to 3:30 PM at SDA. Let’s think about connections between ARISE and Mad Mob SF.
Public speaking training., SB 803—Peer Certification standards to help peer counselors get fair wages.
Facebook group. People agree that email, phone calls, face to face are better than Facebook. ARISE page on MHASF website. Any input is welcome. No more stipends. One meeting per month, either Wednesday or Saturday, not both. As we get bigger, we may have smaller committees. We can investigate conference calling for people who cannot attend a meeting.