Dec 28, 2015

Micro-documentary profiles DDC graduate and Family Case Manager, brings attention to homelessness in SF

“I love how, in San Francisco, creativity meets caring, and you cannot walk down the streets in the city anymore without confronting homelessness, so I just thought, ‘How can I inspire people to help?’ That’s how I came up with these films.” - Filmmaker Natasha Giraudie 

San Francisco Dependency Drug Court graduate and Homeless Prenatal Program Family Case Manager Eli Parson is profiled in this beautiful film, Strengthening Families, which highlights his work with homeless families in San Francisco. The micro-documentary is part of Let’s Get Street Smart, a documentary short-film series by Natasha Giraudie that brings attention to San Francisco's homelessness crisis.

Click here for more information on Let's Get Street Smart.

Other films:
Radical Hospitality (Lava Mae)
Unconditional Support (At the Crossroads)

Dec 24, 2015

City Youth Now brings joy to court-involved families

City Youth Now made the holidays extra special this year for families participating in the San Francisco Dependency Drug Court by providing toys, games, and gift cards for 75 children served by the collaborative court.

"This time of year is especially stressful for families in the juvenile court system," says Judge Kathleen Kelly. "The overwhelming generosity of City Youth Now will bring joy to the children who need it most, and relief and comfort to the parents who so very much want their children to have a special gift for the holidays."

Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kelly organizes helps organize gifts to distribute to DDC families.
Nick from City Youth Now delivers bagfuls of toys and games to the San Francisco Superior Court.

City Youth Now works to ensure that youth in the juvenile court system have the same positive youth development opportunities as other children to grow into mature and successful adults. They have provided thousands of holiday gifts to abused, neglected, and troubled children in the San Francisco juvenile court system for 60 years. Click here to learn more.

Thank you and happy holidays, City Youth Now!

Dec 18, 2015

SF Examiner: "A court for the 10th circle of hell"

San Francisco's Behavioral Health Court was featured in this San Francisco Examiner Op-Ed. Through a federal grant, BHC's Housing and Employment Outcomes (HERO) program provides housing and employment opportunities to help further strengthen client's recovery and well-being. 

“It’s not enough to just get someone out of jail,” said Lisa Lightman, director of San Francisco’s Collaborative Court Programs, which includes the Behavioral Health Court. “Mental health issues are always with someone. They need medication plus a purpose in life that includes work and home. HERO helps people in recovery choose what they want to do and be.”

David Traylor (left) isn’t psychotic, in jail or dead today thanks to Judge Ronald Albers (right) of San Francisco’s Behavioral Health Court. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
David Traylor (left) isn’t psychotic, in jail or dead today thanks to Judge Ronald Albers (right) of San Francisco’s Behavioral Health Court. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner) 

Nov 6, 2015

KQED's Forum: California's Prop. 47 One Year In

San Francisco district attorney and former chief of police George Gascón was on KQED's Forum on Thursday discussing the impacts of California's Proposition 47 one year after implementation. The sentencing reform law passed in 2014 with 64% of voter support.

Other guests included: Director of the Stanford Law School's Justice Advocacy Project (formerly Three Strikes Project) Michael Romano and San Mateo County district attorney Steve Wagstaff.

Listen here: