311 City Services
  • Online Services
  • For City services in many
  • languages, call
  • 311 or 510-981-2489

Translation Disclaimer

Quick Links


City Manager's Office
City Manager's Office
Press Contact: Matthai Chakko, (510) 981-7008


Berkeley, California (Friday, March 18, 2016) - Provide input on a project to improve mental health treatment for students dealing with trauma in three yet-to-be-selected Berkeley public schools.

Experiencing trauma can affect young people's ability to learn, inside and outside of the classroom. The proposed Mental Health Innovations Plan would implement training for teachers, other educators, and interested parents in these schools to build awareness and understanding of trauma.

Through these trainings, the proposed plan aims to enable educators and parents to shape policies and practices that reduce the possibility that children who have experienced trauma will be re-traumatized in their learning environments.

These changes are part of a mental health innovations plan, which outlines how the City will use $180,000 from the Mental Health Services Act, 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.

Read the plan and visit the City's Mental Health Services Act website for more information. Get more information or provide feedback via the following methods until March 31st 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 March 31st, when the Mental Health Commission will hold a public hearing on the plan:

Mental Health Commission Meeting on MHSA Plan:
March 31, 7:00pm
North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst Avenue

The final Innovation Plan will be submitted for approval to the Berkeley City Council on April 26, 2016.

The plan that is being considered is based on Trauma Informed Care, an innovative strategy to change the way school systems serve children suffering from trauma. A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed:

  • realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery;
  • recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system;
  • responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and
  • seeks to actively resist re-traumatization. 

The three BUSD schools where this plan will be implemented will be selected through an application process once the project begins.

Berkeley is one of only two cities in California to have its own Mental Health division, a resource that allows the City to provide an array of mental health services tailored to our community. These include services 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. Most of the department's funding comes from outside sources, such as the Mental Health Services Act. The only exception to outside funding is our pioneering Mobile Crisis Team, which works to de-escalate mental crises in our communities.

To learn more about the mental health innovations plan, the Mental Health Services Act that funds it, 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.


Keep up with City of Berkeley news via our News page, email or .

Home | Residents | Businesses | Visitors | Services | Elected Officials
Web Policy | Text-Only Site Map | Contact Us
City of Berkeley - Central Administrative Offices, 2180 Milvia St, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
TTY: (510) 981-6903