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Press Contact: Matthai Chakko, (510) 981-7008

WEIGH IN ON MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PLAN

Berkeley, California (Monday, March 30, 2015) - The City of Berkeley invites Berkeley and Albany community members to provide input on a 3-year mental health plan covering those two cities. Comments are due by Thursday April 23.

The three-year plan outlines $4 to $4.5 million in annual funding from the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA),  state legislation approved by voters in November 2004 that places a 1% tax on every dollar of personal income over $1 million.  The State allocates these revenues to local mental health divisions, like the City of Berkeley's, for the purpose of transforming and expanding mental health services.

Feedback will be received via the following methods until April 23rd at 5pm:

Email: kklatt@cityofberkeley.info 
Phone: (510) 981-7644
Fax:  (510) 981-5255
Mail: Karen Klatt, Med, MHSA Coordinator, City of Berkeley Mental Health, 3282 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA 94704

People can also give input during a public hearing on the night of April 23rd, when the Mental Health Commission will hold a public hearing on the plan. The commission meeting will start at 7:00pm at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue.

Some of the continuing programs proposed in the plan include services and supports for Children, Youth, Adults, Older Adults and those from underserved cultural and ethnic populations; Wellness Recovery Services for mental health consumers; supports for Homeless Adult populations; a Peer Leader program; and a mental health career pathway program for High School students.

Some of the proposed new programming in the Three Year Plan includes:  increases in Mobile Crisis and clinical staffing; flexible funds for clients; funding for a Wellness Recovery Center; the renovation of the Adult Clinic; and Sub-Representative Payee Services for Clients.

To learn more about the Plan and how to provide your formal feedback, please visit the Mental Health Division's website or the Main Branch of the Berkeley Public Library at 2090 Kittredge Street, where you can find a hard copy in the reference section. The final Three Year Plan will be submitted for approval to the Berkeley City Council in May 2015.

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