A man is surrounded by discarded needles outside the Turk-Hyde Mini Park in the Tenderloin in October 2019. A judge…

San Francisco’s efforts to get people who suffer from both mental illness and addiction off the street and out of jail has failed many of the people it aims to protect.

In The City it often takes weeks or months for individuals who are in jail to be placed into the mental health treatment they need. And most often, they are referred to a lower level of care because not enough beds are available for people struggling with both severe mental illness and substance use disorder, together known as a dual diagnosis.

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