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Laura's Law is an exchange of liberty for safety that offers neither. Below, is an open letter to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors 
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Dear Supervisor 

Today, Tuesday July 8th, 2014, you will be asked to make an important decision regarding a law intended to provide better mental health services to those suffering severe mental illness.   This is a law driven by immense pain on behalf of family members who witnessed loved ones being adversely impacted by their sufferings.   Often, the resulting mental illness lasts for years and has been associated with addiction and homelessness.

I understand and support the need to help.   Laura's Law or Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is not the right way to do it.   The fact that so few counties in our state have implemented it and none have implemented it without a trial period is very telling.  

If our city proceeds, we would be the first to go ahead without such a trial or go ahead without an independent body to do a program evaluation.   Asking DPH to honestly evaluate their own program is unfair and not too different from asking the fox if the henhouse security system is adequate.   This is a strong but not an unfair statement.

In such a progressive city as ours, do we really want to be seen by the country as putting forth such regressive, anti-choice and anti-consumer legislation?

This is also a very hurtful and divisive law that I believe will help few, upset many and ultimately leave all disappointed.  Also, at $40,000 per person (according to Jo Robinson, Director, CBHS), not counting court costs of a back logged and underfinanced court system, the law is expensive.    There are more helpful uses of our city’s treasury. 

The divisiveness of this law, a law that will affect so few, with estimates ranging from 10 to 120 per year, is also an unfortunate consequence. I have witnessed its debate strain long term friendships among those who share the same goals and are all well meaning. 

Even San Francisco's Mental Health Board, a city commission that I co-chair could not agree on its merits. The same disagreement was also found in a panel of mental health experts that I served on, all appointed by the mayors office to find better solutions to those who have fallen between the cracks in our system of mental health care. It was called the Mayor's CARE Advisory Task Force. This expert panel did, however, offer 36 recommendations for improving our system. When it came to Laura's Law, however, while impassioned debate and public comment occurred – with red eyes and tears flowing, there was no agreement. The panel called for further study.

At its most basic, mental illness should not be brought into a courtroom when no law has been broken.  Justifying Laura’s Law by citing extreme cases where harm has been inflicted on others is an insult to the rest of us who are just struggling quietly without hurting anyone but ourselves.  

Being non-compliant with a psychiatrist's medical recommendations or refusing to take prescribed medication should not result in a court order compelling treatment.

Even the best of our current state of the art psychiatric medications trigger long term and disabling side effects including severe weight gain and diabetes.   Up to 40% don’t respond or get better.   This is why some refuse such drugs.  Other reasons for refusal stem from the past trauma and abuses suffered by others trying to force treatment upon them.   

I see it as a self evident right and basic civil liberty to decide which medications one should take.  The right of refusal should not be challenged with court orders.  This will also have the unintended consequence of scaring some of those in need from seeking treatment.

While supporters claim that no one will be forcibly medicated, non compliance will result in a court order compelling a psychiatric re-evaluation. If the patient refuses, he or she will be arrested, put in handcuffs and forcibly taken to our city's Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES), a locked psych ward at San Francisco General Hospital. That act is the very definition of coercion. It is also humiliating and traumatizing for the person being subjected to it.

Ultimately, recovery from mental illness requires collaboration not coercion.

While I understand that Supervisor Mark Farrell claims that if the law submitted today, and improved by amendments of David Campos doesn't pass, he will take it to the voters – voters he claims will pass it.   Regardless of the outcome, Wrong is wrong.   I am also not convinced it will pass nor of the veracity of the study he cites showing public support.  The way the survey was worded would have led even me to answer in the affirmative. 

I ask and plead for you to take a principled stand and vote no today.  

Respectfully submitted for your consideration.

Sincerely,
David Elliott Lewis, Ph.D.
Co-Chair, Mental Health Board of the City and County of San Francisco
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I am seeking help with Google Keep which is failing to save my notes.   Sometimes after creating a new Google Keep note on my PC, there is nothing I can do to force google to save my changes.  Clicking the [Done] button closes the note but doesn't save it.  Meanwhile, other web pages load and refresh normally in my browser.    This happens randomly.

If I try to close or refresh the Chrome browser tab that contains my newly created Google Keep note, I get the following error message:
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If I click the [Leave this page]  button, I lose my new note.

What am I doing wrong?  
PLEASE HELP. 
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I have found one remedy.  It involves closing my chrome browser and clearing out all its processes from my computer's memory.   
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I am seeking help with Google Keep.   Often after creating a new note on my PC, there is nothing I can do to force google to save my changes and thus sync with my phone.  Clicking the [Done] button closes the note but doesn't save it.  Meanwhile, other web pages load and refresh normally in my browser.   

If I try to close the Chrome browser tab that has a Google Note that was just created and finished, I get the following error message:
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If I click on the [Leave this page]  button, I lose all changes.

What am I doing wrong?  Please advise.
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92 photos documenting some of the people and objects surrounding Valentines Day in San Francisco, February 14th, 2014, 2-5pm.
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True Detective is brilliant.  The dialog between the two detectives, played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, contain some of the most insightful and thought provoking lines I have ever had the pleasure of hearing on a televised series.   Here is one small example from Season 1, Episode 3 that takes place when the two detectives are observing a revival-tent preacher.

Rust Cohle (McConaughey) says:
"Certain linguistic anthropologists think that religion is a language virus that rewrites pathways in the brain - dulls critical thinking."

Martin Hart (Harrelson) replies:
"Well, I don't use $10 words as much as you, but for a guy who sees no point in existence, you sure fret about it an awful lot, and you still sound panicked."
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A promise of so much.  Yes, I want it all.
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Community Housing Partnership will give you the chance to speak to their board at tonight's Board of Directors meeting, 6pm at the offices of SPUR, 645 Mission Street, 4th Floor.    

This open or "Sunshine" meeting, mandated by law, enables all who are interested to address the senior leadership and board members of this important organization.  

Note that is not a question and answer session.  Rather, it is a chance to tell those who run this organization what you want from it or to provide feedback about what you think.

The Community Housing Partnership provides housing, job training, case management and most importantly, hope to those who have suffered homelessness.   I proudly serve on this board and invite all who are interested to attend and speak out.

__________EVENT FACTS:
WHEN: Tonight, Tuesday, May 27th, 2014, 6pm
WHERE: 645 Mission Street, 4th Floor, between 2nd and 3rd streets.
WHAT: CHP Sunshine Board of Directors Meeting
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Jeff Bell is an amazing person.  This video is well worth a watch.  
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In downtown San Francisco on Saturday March 7th, 2014, several hundred people marched to demand dignity in the treatment of those suffering mental health challenges.   Link to 88 photos from this march.
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Please attend tonight’s meeting of the Mental Health Board, 6:30pm, City Hall Room 278, to see Terri Byrne honored for her remarkable work in reducing the stigma associated with mental illness and in giving hope and acknowledgement to those suffering.   

Terri has pioneered the “Do Send a Card” program, a unique service that hand delivers individually hand written messages of hope to patients in the psychiatric ward at San Francisco General Hospital.  These are people who often feel alone, neglected and are often unvisited by anyone.

_______MEETING FACTS:
WHAT: Meeting of the Mental Health Board of the City & County of San Francisco
WHEN: Tonight, Wednesday, February 12th, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
WHERE: Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco City Hall, Room 278
AGENDA: http://mhbsf.org/calendar/
PRESENTATION: Tonights meeting will also include a presentation by Craig Murdock, Director, Behavioral Health Access Center (BHAC), who will talk about his program’s services including his office’s Offender Treatment 
Program. 

_______MORE ABOUT TERRI BYRNE AND HER WORK:
Terri Byrne has been working in the mental health field for over 37 years. She has witnessed firsthand the transformation of the mental health system. She is currently working at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco as the Program Coordinator of the stigma elimination program, S.O.L.V.E. (Sharing our Lives Voices and Experience).   

Terri has been able to facilitate conversations about the discrimination of people with mental health challenges and to educate audiences about how they can fight stigma along with a dedicated speakers bureau of peer educators.   Note that I also a SOLVE Peer Educator. 

Terri was inspired to create the “Do Send A Card Project” after hearing  Dr. Elyn Saks speak.  Dr. Saks spoke of  how much support in the form of phone calls, flowers and gift baskets she received when she was in the hospital for medical reasons but how little to no support she received when she was in the hospital over a dozen times for mental health reasons.  At the end of her presentation, Dr. Saks encouraged the audience to send flowers.   Knowing that sending flowers would be cost prohibitive and with the support of Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF), Terri  started the “Do Send a Card” project. 

Mary Ellen Copeland (WRAP creator) learned about this project and announced it in her national newsletter which in turn generated interest across the country.  MHASF receives handwritten messages of hope from people who have been in psychiatric hospitals, who have felt forgotten and who want to reach out to others to let them know that they are not alone.  On the first Monday of each month, Terri along with SOLVE peer educators visit patients at the psychiatric unit at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) to hand out these cards along with giving a presentation about hope and recovery. 

MHASF has set up a website you can send messages of hope electronically that will be transcribed to greeting cards and then hand delivered to SFGH psychiatric patients.  To participate more, visit:
http://dosendacard.org/
http://www.mentalhealthsf.org/support-us/do-send-a-card/

#MHASF #MentalHealthAssociationOfSanFrancisco #MentalHealthAssociation #MentalHealthBoard #MentalHealthBoardOfSanFrancisco #SanFranciscoMentalHealthBoard #MentalHealthBoardSF #SFMHB #DoSendACard #MessageOfHope #MentalIllness 
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Below is an interesting and informative blog by Bailey Wendzel, the newest member of the Mental Health Board of the City and County of San Francisco. As Co-Chair, I congratulate and welcome her to our board. She will also be presenting at tonight's meeting, Wed, Jan 8th, 2014, at 1380 Howard Street, Room 515, 6:30pm-8pm.   I will also be chairing tonight's meeting.

P.S. Starting next month in Feb, we will be meeting back at city hall.
Who is behind this blog? Its seems a rather important question to answer when considering such serious and pertinent topics as mental health. So I feel inclined to share a bit about me. I consider ...
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Co-Chair, Mental Health Board of the City & County of San Francisco. Volunteer, Event Photographer, Writer and Activist for Social Justice. To see some of my photos, click on the "My Photos" link.
Employment
  • Mental Health Board of San Francisco
    Secretary and member, 2010 - present
  • Central City SRO Collaborative
    Tenant Advocate, 2011 - present
  • City of San Francisco
    Mental Health Board member, 2011 - present
  • Self
    Photographer, 2009 - present
  • Strategic Edge
    Founder and Partner, 1985 - 2000
  • University of San Francisco
    Adjunct Faculty Member, 1985 - 1989
  • VICI Associates International
    Management Consultant, 1984 - 1985
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Los Angeles - Knoxville - San Francisco - Manhattan
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Volunteer, Photographer, Writer and Activist for Social Justice.
Introduction
I'm an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist by training, a Management Consultant and Software entrepreneur by profession but a volunteer, photographer, writer and activist by inclination.

______TEN THINGS ABOUT ME
1. Delighted by most things creative including photography, fine art, theater, performance art, novels, movies and opera.

2. Thrilled to witness others thinking differently, solving old problems in new ways, defying tradition and breaking out of the corporate box.

3. At times, easily distracted by high tech gizmos, popular culture, foreign affairs and world events.

4. Curious about how things work, question what things mean and look deeper into what really is going on.

5. Usually not so trusting of official interpretations and accounts.

6. Sometimes wonder about the very purpose of life itself.

7. Alternately cynical and optimistic.

8. When I remember, awestruck by the miracle of our conscious awareness – our ability to think and be self aware.

9. Appreciate each new day as offering opportunity anew - a chance to do things differently and hopefully better than the prior day.

10. Simplified life by possessing only two email addresses, one phone number and zero automobiles.

\A LIFE OF CHANGE_________________________
_\From Los Angeles to Knoxville Tennessee to San Francisco.
__\From Art and Film Making to Psychology.
___\From Research Psychology to Applied Psychology.
____\From Psychology to Software Technology.
_____\From Technology to the Written, Spoken and Visual Arts.
______\From a Professional Career to Depression to Recovery.
_______\From Living Large to Micro-Financed Simplicity.
________\From Self Indulgence to Service to Others.
_________\From Unquestioning Acceptance to Inquiry.
__________\From Belief in the System to Activism.
___________\From Security to Freedom.

______LIKES
Photography, Art, Politics, Science, Technology, History, Nature, Writing, Cooking, Farmers markets, Nature, Animals, Electric cars, Mobile computing, Chocolate, Wikipedia and Trader Joes.

______HEROES
Norman Borlaug, Dean Kamen, Kathryn Bigelow, Lucy Stone, Ceasar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Jr., Linus Torvalds, Jack LaLanne, Steven Spielberg, Stephen Wolfram, Bill Clinton, Bono, Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and Tim DeChristopher.

______RELIGIOUS PHILOSOPHY
Evolving and exploring = God is everywhere + God is hard to find + Miracles happen + Grace exists + Angels guard + Forgiveness Heals + Love enriches

______POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
People and the Environment before profits. Freedom over security. Human needs over corporate needs. Respect the US Constitution. Respect the environment even if its inconvenient or expensive. Libertarian when it comes to how we live, what we do with our bodies or what we put into our bodies.

______FAVORITE MUSICIANS AND BANDS
Stephen Sondheim, George Gershwin, Giacomo Puccini, Miles Davis, Jean Sibelius, Philip Glass, Aaron Copland, U2, Nina Simone, George Winston, John Coltrane, Led Zeppelin, Leonard Cohen, Antonio Vivaldi, Bob Dylan, Jay Trainer Band, Tangerine Dream, Toshi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Ludwig van Beethoven, William Ackerman, The Doors, Vangelis, The Rolling Stones, Giuseppe Verdi, R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

______FAVORITE BOOKS
Neuromancer, Catcher In The Rye, Catch-22, Herzog, Moby Dick, Naked Lunch, Cannery Row, The Difference Engine, The Gulag Archipelago, In Defense of Food, Guns, Germs, and Steel, Sophie's Choice, Travels with Charley, The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, Tortilla Flat, Junky.

______SOME OF THE PLACES I WORKED
University of San Francisco, NCR (Hong Kong), NEC (Roseville, CA), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (Toronto, Canada), SkopBank (Helsinki, Finland), The State Bank of NSW (Sydney, Australia) and also as a consultant to the United States Air Force (Dayton, Ohio).

______WHAT I VALUE THE MOST
For me, the best things in life are:
♥ Smiles, Laughter and Hugs from Friends.
♥ Encouragement and Collaboration from my Community.
♥ Social Justice aspired to and then Realized.
♥ Immersion and escape in the fictional reality of Movies.
♥ Wisdom and Insight from Literature.
♥ Soul stirring Joy from Music.
♥ Sensual Pleasures of texture, taste, aroma and sight of Food.
♥ Creative Spectacle from Art.
♥ Bliss and Serenity from Nature.

______PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY
I hope to never take for granted the abundance surrounding me of good friends, community, art, music, food, literature, home and health.
Bragging rights
Citizen of the Year, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi. 2011. My plain English to SQL software "Query Maker for Delphi" won the Readers Choice Award for Best Database Add-on by Delphi Informant Magazine. April, 1999.
Education
  • University of Tennessee
    Ph.D. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 1980 - 1984
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    B.S. Psychology, 1976 - 1980
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