San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a plan on Tuesday to require homeless people in the liberal city to undergo drug testing and treatment in order to receive county-funded cash assistance.
Breed said that accountability was necessary for homeless people seeking cash assistance because the city faces pressure to handle the fentanyl and homeless crises. However, the proposal will still need approval from the City Council.
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“San Francisco is a city of compassion, but also a city that demands accountability,” Breed said in a statement. “We fund a wide range of services, and we want to help people get the care they need. But under current state law, local government lack tools to compel people into treatment. This initiative aims to create more accountability and help get people to accept the treatment and services they need.”
San Francisco Mayor London Breed.
The screening for substance abuse would be done by the San Francisco Human Services Agency, which would also fund the treatment programs for those who test positive for illegal drug use. Those who test positive would not be forced into the treatment, but their request for aid through the County Adult Assistance Pro …