Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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MAY IS NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

Berkeley, California (Monday, May 11, 2020) - During this pandemic, the Berkeley Police Department would like to take a few moments to remind you that this month is National Mental Health Awareness month.  According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience mental illness each year.

On average, the Berkeley Police Department receives 8-9 calls per day that potentially involve a person in mental health crisis.  When calling for help, you can assist the officers by making sure to let the Dispatcher know:

  • What the person is doing right now
  • If the person has any weapons or access to weapons
  • The person’s physical description
  • Any past diagnosis or history of violence (if you know)

In 2012, the Berkeley Police Department began a program to provide officers training in Crisis Intervention—starting a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). Today, all Berkeley Police officers receive basic training on crisis intervention and about a third of the Department has received the additional 40 hour training as part of the Crisis Intervention Team.

Berkeley Police Officers selected for the Crisis Intervention Team participate in a 40-hr class hosted by the Oakland Police Department in collaboration with Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services. In this intensive, week long course, officers learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness, appropriate medications and their side effects, use of verbal de-escalation techniques, and active listening skills.

In addition to our CIT program, the Berkeley Police Department works closely with the City of Berkeley’s Mobile Crisis Team.  The Mobile Crisis Team is comprised of Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage, Family, Child Counselors and graduate student interns able to respond in the field to deliver crisis intervention services throughout the community.

The Mobile Crisis Team is available daily (11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.).  You can leave a message for them at (510) 981-5254.  For emergencies, dial 911.

 

Hotlines:

1-510-981-5254        Berkeley Mental Health Crisis Line

1-800-309-2131        Crisis Support Services of Alameda County 24-Hour Crisis Hotline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)                  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Mental Health Awareness Month

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