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San Francisco

Sobering Center

"Providing safe, short-term sobering and care coordination for acutely intoxicated adults" 

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What We Do


Our Facility


Who We Serve


Our History

In 2002, over 50 stakeholders throughout San Francisco, including the Department of Public Health, Department of Emergency Management, local community organizations, the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, and law enforcement agencies, were brought together to evaluate the decade-long upward trend in emergency department (ED) overcrowding and ambulance diversion rates. Through this investigative collaboration, it was found that homeless alcohol-dependent people accounted for a significant portion of this escalating response within San Francisco.

With this information, the San Francisco Department of Public Health worked with nonprofit Community Awareness and Treatment Services (CATS) to design a pilot program addressing the needs of people found intoxicated in public. The McMillan Stabilization Program, now known as the San Francisco Sobering Center, opened in late 2003 and has provided over 10 years of care to a most vulnerable population.

Contact Us

Where we Are

We are conveniently located in the South of Market 

area of San Francisco:

1171 Mission St

San Francisco, CA 94103