Top SF health official resigns from second unauthorized job at struggling drug treatment nonprofit

The San Francisco Department of Public Health said Friday that Dr. Lisa Pratt, director of prison health services for the department, has decided to resign from her additional position with the Joe Healy Detox program, which is run by the association at non-profit Baker Places.

Pratt earned more than $316,000 in his city work in the last fiscal year, according to the comptroller’s office. She was paid more than $122,500 in her second job, according to a May 2021 Baker Places tax return. Her side job, first reported by the San Francisco Standard, did not get the necessary approval human resources, a city spokesperson previously said. The Chronicle.

Pratt’s part-time role at Baker Places has raised questions as the nonprofit and its subsidiary PRC are under city control due to cash flow issues that threaten to close several drug treatment facilities. . The Board of Supervisors approved a $1.2 million lifeline for nonprofits over the summer, but the nonprofits recently told the city that their cash flow problems persist and that they had “made the difficult decision” to stop running several programs, including Joe Healy Detox.

In its statement, the health department said Pratt had “submitted his resignation” to Joe Healy “and arranged for immediate coverage of all of his duties pending a handover of his responsibilities to a permanent replacement to ensure a smooth transition. seamless service and client care.

The statement said Pratt revealed her role at Joe Healy Detox when she accepted her position at the health department and it was endorsed by a former human resources manager at the department. But the city’s central human resources department was supposed to approve the arrangement and never did, according to spokesman Mawuli Tugbenyoh.

The health department said its leaders are “currently reviewing the department’s secondary employment approval process,” working with the human resources department in an effort that “includes conducting a review of all agreements secondary employment and its approval process to ensure compliance with the rules”. .”

PRC and Baker Places said in an earlier statement that Pratt had been Joe Healy’s medical director for 20 years. The nonprofits described Pratt’s work as “essential and necessary”, saying she had “helped design the program’s medical withdrawal protocols” and recently provided “supervision and guidance part-time doctors.

JD Morris (he/him) is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: Twitter: @thejdmorris

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