By St. John Barned-Smith | SF Chronicle
San Francisco would require low-income residents to undergo substance abuse screening and treatment as a requirement to be eligible to receive welfare funds under a proposal Mayor London Breed planned to introduce Tuesday.
Breed said the move was an effort to bring accountability to the city’s drug and homelessness crisis.
“We are funding so many services, including treatment beds, outreach, and medication-based treatments, but we cannot compel people into treatment,” she said in a statement to the Chronicle. “This is about being clear — if you want help, we are here. But refusing services when they are offered cannot be an option. It cannot be ‘anything goes’ on our streets.”
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