Supporting People with Severe Mental Illness

Donated cell phones facilitate telehealth visits for people struggling with mental illness, poverty during the pandemic.

Fumi Mitsuishi, MD, MS, is driven to bring high-quality mental health care to everyone, especially those who are most vulnerable. As the the executive director of Citywide Case Management, a division of UCSF’s Department of Psychiatry, she leads a team that provides outpatient care for people struggling with serious mental illness and poverty in San Francisco. 

When COVID-19 made in-person care impossible, UCSF: The Campaign donations enabled her teams to distribute hundreds of cell phones to clients for telehealth visits, providing a lifeline to clients unable to receive in-person visits due to the pandemic. Her patients are like family, and this connection drives her passion to change the system of mental health delivery and make it a little more fair for everyone. In the video below, she shares a deeply personal story about how her work has intersected with her own experience.

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