Sep 17, 2012

Addressing Chronic Drunkenness in San Francico

On September 6, KQED's Forum with Michael Krasny featured a discussion about ways to address chronic drunkenness in San Francisco.  Ideas included opening "wet houses" for chronic inebriates, imposing mandatory treatment, and implementing a collaborative justice model.

Guests included Bevan Dufty, former District 8 Supervisor and Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement (HOPE); Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender; Jo Robinson, Director of Community Behavioral Health Services for the San Francisco Department of Public Health; and Keith Humphreys, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford School of Medicine.

Click here to listen to the Forum episode.

1811 Eastlake, Seattles's wet house program

In April, Mayor Ed Lee and others toured Seattle's wet house, a program that houses 75 formerly homeless men and women with chronic alcohol addiction -- with no restrictions on drinking. While controversial, wet houses are said to save taxpayer money by reducing residents' drinking over time and dramatically decreasing the number of emergency room visits associated with chronic inebriation.

Related articles:
"Dufty renews push for SF drunks' wet house" (
"Bevan Dufty Still Wants a 'Wet House' in S.F. Where Homeless Drunks Can Drink In Peace" (SFist)
"S.F. looks at Seattle's alcoholic program" (

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