Community Forward SF
(formerly Community Awareness & Treatment Services, Inc.)
Nicole Johnson, Program Director
The Medical Respite and Sobering Center is a partnership between CATS and the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) which provides approximately 60 respite beds (co-located with a 12-bed sobering center), and temporary housing with medically oriented support services for medically frail, homeless persons leaving San Francisco General Hospital or other neighboring clinics. The Center also includes a full-service kitchen providing three hot meals per day and prepares special menus for any dietary needs of the clients. Medical Respite provides an important alternative to costly emergency care and also links individuals to longer-term residential options. While DPH provides all of the medical services, CATS provides quality supportive services for the respite clients and staff, including one-to-one support, client transportation, social and educational activities and janitorial services. The target popluation are intoxicated clients from the streets and emergency departments by ambulance and police. Furthermore, the impact on people using the sobering center "has been substantial," as written in the San Francisco Medicine Journal published by the San Francisco Medical Society (SFMS).
Community Forward is not just one facility. We are a network of programs designed to work together to meet every stage of need--from first response to relapse prevention and all in between.
Our continuum of care provides the tools to sobriety, treatment for substance abuse and a place to call home.
The complex problem of homelessness leaves many in a desperate situation. In a city like San Francisco, filled with resources and energy, Community Forward is dedicated to helping this fragile population.