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GIVE INPUT ON PLAN TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Provide feedback by Dec. 15 at 5pm

Berkeley, California (Monday, December 12, 2016) - Provide input on a plan to improve mental health services in our community.

The plan addresses services that are both ongoing as well as new services the City would like to add.

Berkeley Mental Health helps people of all ages with services across a spectrum of our community, from prevention in schools to intensive wrap-around services for our most vulnerable, mentally ill community members. The division works with those in housing or those they get housed so that they can lead full lives in the community.

Feedback on the plan will be received via the following methods until December 15th at 5pm:

Email: kklatt@cityofberkeley.info 
Phone: 510-981-7644
Fax:  510-596-9299
Mail: Karen Klatt, MEd, MHSA Coordinator,
City of Berkeley Mental Health
3282 Adeline Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

Input can also be provided on the night of December 15th, when the Mental Health Division will hold a Public Hearing about the plan at the Mental Health Commission's meeting. The Commission meeting will start at 7:00pm at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue. The final Annual Update will be submitted for approval to the Berkeley City Council in January, 2017.

The Annual Update outlines $8 million in 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.

Ongoing services include the following:

  • Outreach, assessment and treatment for a range of populations, from children to adults - with a focus on racial and socioeconomic equity.
  • "Wellness recovery programs," which aim to help clients build a full life that includes friends, work and community. 
  • Serving adults and transitional age youth with outreach, referrals and linking clients to treatment. The division also funds other community agencies to help provide those services.
  • Training consumers of mental health services in a "Peer Leader" to support others with mental health issues.
  • Operating a mental health career pathway program that provides opportunities that support High School students' interests in pursuing mental health careers. 

Some of the proposed new or increased programming includes:

  • Expanding the Wellness Center. 
  • Increasing funding to house individuals struggling with mental health issues and homelessness; 
  • Increasing flexible funding that a Mental Health team can designate to help clients with housing, clothing assistance, food and transportation to help them achieve stability. 

To learn more about the Annual Update 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.

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