SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The homeless often make their way to Bay Area Rapid Transit stations, platforms and trains, but the agency has taken steps to reach out to them by hiring a crisis intervention coordinator and mental health liaison.
Armando Sandoval’s full-time job is outreach to the less fortunate that frequent the system. He said dealing with homeless issues at BART is complex; the transit system spans four counties requiring collaboration.
Sometimes there are crimes in multiple jurisdictions so Sandoval works to keep the various agencies, especially the courts informed.
“Instead of there being light sentences in all four counties, how can we combine these sentences to get them some mandated services?” he asks.
Many homeless have both mental health and addiction issues Sandoval said. “The majority of these folks that we come into contact with, we’ve come into contact with before,” Sandoval said.