Mayor Breed proposes to increase services and funding for Asian victims of crime


San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a proposal on Thursday to increase funding by $500,000 for services for Asian crime victims with limited English proficiency.

Breed said in a press release that while accountability and arrests are important in dealing with hate crimes, victims also need mental health support, which can be difficult for those with language barriers. .

The proposed funding would provide support to those who need it in a way that they can accept and understand it.

The investment would be split between three categories of services. Nearly half of the investment is dedicated to clinical trauma recovery services in Cantonese as well as training and technical assistance for community providers.

The proposal would allocate $160,000 to expand community mental health services in Cantonese. The goal is to help older Asians with mental health support as they recover.

An additional $59,000 will go to senior escort services across the city to help people with disabilities get to medical appointments and increase social interaction.

Christina Shea, deputy chief and director of clinical services at Richmond Area Multi-Services, a nonprofit mental health organization, said the new funding will allow them to hire clinical staff who can provide mentally relevant advice. linguistic and cultural.

“Without a language or culture, it’s nearly impossible to connect with someone who is distressed,” Shea said. “If you can’t communicate with a victim of crime, you can’t even begin to support them and understand where they are at.”

Breed has invested in several other victim services across the city, including creating a Community Liaison Unit within the San Francisco Police Department to ensure cultural and language proficiency and investing $3.2 million in services. to comprehensive casualties for the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

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