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Berkeley, California (Thursday, September 03, 2020) - Give input on a three year plan to strengthen the City's mental health services and provide additional prevention, early intervention and supportive services for communities of color and the LBGTQIA+ population.

Services in the proposed plan include outreach, assessment and treatment for children to older adults, with a focus on increasing health equities across racial, ethnic and cultural populations in Berkeley. The proposed plan includes:

  • Funding for the Berkeley Wellness Center, a community center available to all that hosts activities, builds community, and connects Berkeley residents to mental health resources; 
  • Increased services for African Americans;
  • A Transitional Outreach Team, which links individuals to local services following a crisis;
  • Prevention and early intervention services in the Berkeley schools and community; and
  • An array of services and supports for underserved populations such as Senior Citizens, Transition Age Youth, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, and Asian Pacific Islanders.

The Three Year Plan outlines the use of $31 million in funding over a three-year period 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.  Input from the public helps staff align this work with community values.

These funds provide over a third of the funding to Berkeley Mental Health, providing core services and programs the city wouldn't otherwise be able to do.  Provide feedback via the following methods until 5pm on September 23rd:

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

There will also be an opportunity to provide input at an upcoming Mental Health Commission meeting that will be publicly noticed and will be held by Zoom.  The final Three Year Plan will be submitted for approval to the Berkeley City Council for approval. 

Berkeley Mental Health provides a wide range of services, primarily aimed at individuals who have serious mental illness and major impairments and who have Medi-Cal or no insurance.  Berkeley is one of only two California cities with a mental health division.  Almost all of the funding comes from state and federal sources.

Having our own Mental Health Division gives the City of Berkeley freedom to tailor services closely to our community's needs.  Berkeley Mental Health has a significant focus on increasing access to mental health services, offering walk-in hours and, for several decades, having a Mobile Crisis Team to help people suffering from mental health crises.  We have a significant focus on helping people who are homeless, including guiding them into long-term supportive housing.

Let us know your thoughts on our plan for these mental health services funds.





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