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Harm Reduction Policy and Practice in San Francisco w. Ashley Mooney, LCSW, IOA

February 19, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Harm Reduction Policy and Practice

Clinical Collaborative, Friday, February 19, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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This is a program of the IOA Clinical Collaborative Expansion of Services, and funded by the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services. However, all are welcome to attend. This class will expand upon the previous community trainings offered by the Clinical Collaborative, by demonstrating how harm reduction practices can be brought to bear in supporting those with behavioral health challenges. PLEASE NOTE: A brief review of relevant content will be offered for those who did not attend past trainings. This class will offer a review of harm reduction policy and practice in San Francisco, with a focus on broadening harm reduction from substance use to many aspects of client care. The risks and needs of the older adult and disabled population in San Francisco will be reviewed, especially those dealing with comorbid conditions. Behavioral Health Harm reduction will be explained and specific skills to identify clients at risk and establish supports necessary to create safety will be put into practice using case vignettes.


  • Describe the history of harm reduction in San Francisco, citing at least two initiatives within that history
  • Identify at least three distinguishing characteristics of behavioral health harm reduction
  • Apply three major skills of practicing behavioral health harm reduction
  • Evaluate at least three resources/referral options within the San Francisco system of care

Presenter:  Ashley Mooney MS, LCSW, Clinical Consultant, Citywide Clinical Consultation Services, IOA, has focused her clinical social work career on adults with multiple complex problems including homelessness, substance use, acute and chronic medical conditions, histories of incarceration, trauma, and un or undertreated psychiatric challenges. She has served as both clinician and supervisor in permanent supportive housing and residential psychiatric facilities. Some previous roles include Clinical Social Worker with UCSF Department of Psychiatry at the Rene Casanave Apartments, Resident Services Manger II with Mercy Housing, and Program Director of Progress Foundation’s Clay Street House, the largest unlocked Transitional Residential Psychiatric Facility in San Francisco. Ashley holds a Masters in Biomedical Science from Tufts University and earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California.


February 19, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


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