Public Policy Committee

Politics and governmental policies play a major role in improving and maintaining support for the mental health of San Francisco residents. Recent policies include the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) and Medicare Part D.

Public Policy Committee

The Public Policy Committee identifies and monitors local mental health issues, makes mental health policy recommendations to the MHA-SF board of directors, and leads efforts to advocate for implementation of recommended policies that impact mental health in San Francisco. The committee works with the Public Policy Coordinator to monitor mental health policy and develop recommendations for MHA-SF advocacy positions that are responsive to current mental health issues in San Francisco.


The Committee is made up of community members who are actively involved with MHA-SF and have shown an exceptional commitment to mental health policy and systems change in San Francisco. Members represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives and include mental health consumers, family members, other non-profit agencies, and MHA-SF staff and board members


This year, the Committee has taken a key role in:

  • Implementing the Mental Health Services Act; specifically, stressing the need for prevention/early intervention and consumer and family involvement.
  • Addressing housing and homelessness prevention.
  • Supporting policies that reduce stigma and discrimination and promote mental health parity.

View the Public Policy Committee’s Policy Priorities

More Information

For more information, please call (415) 421-2926.

Share Your Story

Sending the message that mental health matters often requires telling the story of the people who are impacted by mental illness.

When we deal with the media and city officials, we tell them about real people. We tell them how mental illness affects thousands of lives. And we tell them how they can act to improve the quality of life for all San Francisco residents.

Please send your story to us if you would like to help let our decision-makers and information gatekeepers know that mental illnesses are real, common and treatable. Whether you have a mental illness or if you know and love someone who does, you are impacted. Decisions made regarding access to treatment and quality of care make a difference in your life.

Your story may be referenced when we talk to officials or the media. We may also contact you directly so you may tell your story personally. The more we talk about the impact of mental illness, the more impact we will have on making change.

The Mental Health Association of San Francisco does not share personal contact information with other parties.

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