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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.

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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.

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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.

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HELP IMPROVE, EXPAND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR THE UNHOUSED
Online survey closes November 1

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, October 28, 2020) - Complete an online survey by November 1 to help us imagine new ways to meet the mental health needs of our unhoused community - specifically, those not served by existing services.

Berkeley Mental Health is seeking new ways to build on our long legacy of targeted services for homeless individuals. Outreach workers, intensive wraparound services, and mobile crisis teams have benefitted many, but unmet needs remain among Berkeley's 1,100 unhoused residents - 49 percent of whom reported psychiatric or emotional problems.

We know that many of these individuals are eligible for existing programs but choose not to engage in them. We're looking for new strategies to meet their needs.

Share ideas for new services in online survey by November 1

We're asking our community to help us identify new ways to provide mental health support to some of our most vulnerable residents. Share your ideas online by 5pm Sunday, November 1.

We hope residents will join us for this important conversation.

We have seen that when homeless individuals engage with mental health services, their lives often improve through obtaining housing, decreased criminal justice involvement, improved physical health, and increased income. By helping us identify new ways to meet these needs, all Berkeleyans can play a role in improving the health, wellness, and stability of some of our most vulnerable residents. In turn, this enhances the well-being of our entire community.

Leveraging State and Federal resources to support Berkeley's unique needs  

As one of only two state-funded Mental Health agencies that aren't counties, the City of Berkeley receives funds for services more tailored to our needs. This funding, known through the acronym MHSA, has in the past supported:

In the coming year, MHSA will bring about six million dollars of funding to Berkeley. 

Survey will inform use mental health service innovation funds

This survey does not address how to create more housing or expand existing services.

The survey will be used to help inform how we use state funds for innovative mental health services. This funding source can only be used for new mental health services. Services funded must be different than what has already been provided in the mental health system. 

Please share your ideas, and complete the survey by 5pm Sunday, November 1.

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