Mental Health, Youth, and the Justice System

Patrick Kennedy, Former U.S. Congressman (D–RI), Mental Health Advocate
Marina Tolou-Shams, Ph.D., Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry; Director, Division of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center; Former Director, Rhode Island Family Court, Mental Health Clinic
Anton Nigusse Bland, M.D., Director of Mental Health Reform, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Dan Ashley, ABC7 TV News Anchor; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors—Moderator

Part of The Commonwealth Club’s series on mental health, dedicated in memory of Nancy Friend Pritzker, with support from the John Pritzker Family Fund

Critics argue that jails and prisons are the most visible evidence of the failing of America’s public mental health system and that the most heartbreaking failures are in the field of juvenile justice. Seventy percent of young people entering the juvenile justice system are said to have a diagnosable mental health need. Advocates argue that detention and correction facilities provide a unique opportunity to intervene and connect children to services and support systems before it is too late. Others argue that community-based, non-incarceration solutions are more effective. With facilities such as San Francisco’s juvenile hall closing by 2021, how can San Francisco and other communities address system-involved youth with mental health issues? What role should and must the justice system play? And how will their decisions impact society at large? Join us for an important panel discussion.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program

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About the author

Luis is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who graduated from Long Beach State University with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology (2015). He also has a Bachelors's degree in Child and Adolescent Development with an emphasis on Public Policy from San Francisco State University (2011). Luis has over 9 years of experience working with children and families both in education and mental health. Previously, Luis worked for a non-profit agency in San Francisco, CA providing mental health consultation in early head start programs and SFUSD pre-schools. Currently, Luis works at Kaiser in San Francisco providing mental health services.

His therapeutic interests include working with Trauma, the LGBTQ community, Children, Families, Couples, and POC. His personal interests include; Films, Reading, Writing, Art, Travelling, Disney, and Food. He is also a recipient of the California State Stipend award (2015). PsychoSocial is part of Luis' dedication to mental health and an example of his passion to educate others. Luis hopes that through PsychoSocial he will be able to help in the fight to end the stigma around mental illness.​​



Jan 15 2020


6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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110 The Embarcadero San Francisco, CA 94105

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