Love saves the day. Tireless, fierce, modest, humble, fearless, rainmaker, leader, persistent, superhero, compassionate, skilled, knowledgeable, kind, generous, a powerhouse, public servant, friend and mentor. These are the words that come to mind when you hear the name Alicia Boccellari. Dr. Bocellari is the director of the University of California’s, in conjunction with San Francisco General Hospital, Trauma Recovery Center and Rape Treatment Center. She is clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and is the Director of the Division of Psychosocial Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1979. Her primary research focus in investigating innovative clinical interventions in public sector that reduce barriers to care and improve clinical outcomes in patients with extensive and complex medical, psychiatric, substance abuse and psychosocial problems.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:I wrote to you last Wednesday requesting your help in saving the Trauma Recovery Center (TRC) from closing on September 1. I am pleased to let you know that Mayor Newsom has partially restored our funding. Once again, your e.mails, your phone calls and advocacy has had a huge impact. I am grateful to you, once again, for stepping forward to advocate for these critical services.Although we will be taking a $394,000 cut in funding, partial restoration of funds will allow us to keep our doors open. We will continue to seek additional funding, as we always have: through fundraising, Foundation and Government grants, and billing for our services whenever possible.In addition, Senator Mark Leno, a tireless supporter of the TRC, continues to work with the State Legislature to have our State monies restored. He is sponsoring SB 733, which would restore TRC State monies and replicate our model elsewhere in California. Our vision is that this model of care developed in San Francisco can be used as a vehicle to transform the entire system of victim services throughout the state. I remain grateful to Senator Leno for his leadership, his vision and his continued tenacity and perseverance.I also would like to acknowledge the Board of Supervisors for historically stepping in to support us. And of course, special thanks to Mayor Newsom, for accepting the criticalness of the TRC services and for giving us the opportunity to continue to meet the needs of some of San Francisco’s most vulnerable citizens.Finally, please accept my heartfelt thanks and gratitude for your support. It has made all the difference in the world.
“Not only is another world possible. She is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” (Arundhati Roy)
Alicia Boccellari, Ph.D
Director, Division of Psychosocial Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
San Francisco General Hospital/ UCSF School of Medicine
However, the center’s operating budget has been signficantly reduced resulting in the loss of much needed positions and service. The center was established in 2001. The primary mission is to provide competent and compassionate care to survivors of interpersonal violence. To this end the center has developed a multidisciplinary model of care for working with victims domestic violence, sexual assaults and other physical assaults, criminal motor vehicle accidents, gang-related violence, and people who have a lost one to homicide. The Center has been recognized by awards from national hospital associations, the Board of Supervisors, and the District Attorney’s office. Ginning up for its pitch, the Center points out:
- Victims served by the TRC are 56 percent more likely to go back to workforce than victims who don’t, saving the state in welfare costs and lost tax revenue.
- Victims who seek services at the TRC are 69 more likely to cooperate with the police than those who don’t, and 44 percent more likely to cooperate with the District Attorney — ideally leading to getting more criminals off the street.
Victims who visit the TRC are 41 percent less likely to become homeless than those who didn’t seek treatment.
So wipe the sweat off your brow for now and breathe a sigh of relief. For service above and beyond the call of duty our hats are off to you Dr. Bocellari and we salute you and the Trauma Recovery Center for your tireless efforts and your commitment to stopping the hurt and ending the violence.