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Reforming Care: Addressing Homelessness in District 16

Recognizing the Roots of Today's Crisis:

District 16's challenge with homelessness isn't just a contemporary issue; it's deeply rooted in historical decisions. The deinstitutionalization movement, particularly marked by policies during the Reagan administration, aimed to transition mental health care from institutional settings to community-based treatment. While well-intentioned, these policies led to the unintended consequence of a significant population of mentally ill individuals lacking adequate support, contributing substantially to the homelessness crisis we face today.

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The Vision: Transforming Care, Transforming Lives

Our proposal is not merely a reaction to this crisis but a proactive, informed approach to healing and rebuilding. We aim to reopen and reimagine mental health institutions as beacons of modern, compassionate care, bridging the gap that deinstitutionalization inadvertently created. These new beacons would not be fashioned after hospitals which are designed for acute illnesses but of wellness centers that preserve the autonomy of the individual when at all possible but providing dignity and compassionate guidance for all that are in need.  They would fulfill the process that was promised when the mental illness centers were disastrously shut down in the early 1970’s.

Addressing the Historical Impact: By acknowledging the link between the deinstitutionalization policies, including those during the Reagan era, and the rise in homelessness, we set a foundation for understanding and addressing the current crisis in a comprehensive, informed manner.

Building a Comprehensive Support System: Our modern facilities will fill the void left by deinstitutionalization, offering comprehensive care and support that go beyond just treatment – encompassing housing assistance, job training, and substance abuse programs.

Emphasizing a Multifaceted Approach: While recognizing the significant impact of deinstitutionalization, we also understand that homelessness is a complex issue. Our approach will be multifaceted, addressing not only mental health care but also the broader social and economic factors contributing to homelessness.

Commitment to Continuous Improvement: Informed by the past and present, we commit to a future where policies, care, and community support evolve continuously, ensuring that our approach remains effective, compassionate, and responsive to the needs of District 16.

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The Call to Action

With Councilmember Tanaka at the helm, join us in transforming the legacy of the past into a promise for the future. Your support, your voice, and your commitment are crucial in building a community where care, support, and opportunity are accessible to all. Together, let's turn the challenge of yesterday into the triumph of tomorrow for every resident of District 16.


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