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Mental Health Division
Mental Health Division

Crisis, Assessment, and Triage (CAT)

Our Purpose

We provide linkages to community based resources.  

The Crisis team also offers consultation services and coordinates with other agencies and groups.

Are you seeking services form BMH for the first time?
Drop in at the new location between 8 am and 1:30 pm, Monday through Thursday for screening and assessment.  You can also contact the Crisis, Assessment and Triage (CAT) team by phone at 510.981.5244 until 4 PM, Monday through Friday.  If we are unavailable, please leave a message.  This voicemail is checked frequently during the work day and we will return your call promptly.

What We Do

  • Assessment and linkage to community based resources.
  • Intensive outreach services and transportation for homeless persons, for persons-at-risk of homelessness, and for disabled persons
  • Disaster mental health planning, training, and services to the Berkeley and Albany communities including Critical Incident Stress Management Services for emergency personnel and community members who experience traumatic events
Who We Serve

We serve residents of Berkeley and Albany or homeless in Berkeley or Albany, 18 years or older.  Clients must be experiencing moderate to severe psychiatric crisis that is affecting major areas of life functioning OR demonstrate clear need for a thorough mental health evaluation and assessment to determine best possible intervention.


Language(s) Spoken: English and Spanish.

Fee: Sliding scale based on income; free services depending on income qualification.  We accept medi-cal insurance

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Clinical Staff

Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Registered Nurse

Hours of Operation and Contact Information by Program

  • Crisis and Assessment services are available in person at 1521 University Avenue.   
    Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
    Phone: (510) 981-5244 (CAT Direct Line)
    Phone: (510) 981-5290 (General Information)
    We thank you for your patience as we move to this temporary location.  We are working hard to improve and upgrade our facilities so that we can provide you with the best possible service and apologize for any inconvenience during this time.
  • Mobile Crisis Team: (Serves adults and children) 
    Phone: (510) 981-5900 (Police non-emergency)
    Service Days: Saturday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 pm.  Mobile Crisis is not available on Fridays. 
    Phone: (510) 981-5254 (Voice message)
  • Homeless Outreach: 
    Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
    Phone: (510) 502-1829



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Mental Health Division, 1521 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703
Questions or comments? Email: Phone: (510) 981-5290
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
TTY: (510) 981-6903