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Press Contact: Matthai Chakko, (510) 981-7008

PROVIDE INPUT ON PLAN TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Berkeley, California (Thursday, June 01, 2017) - Give input on a 3-year plan to strengthen the City's mental health services and provide additional prevention, early intervention and wellness services.

These services include outreach, assessment and treatment for a range of populations - from children to adults and with a focus on racial and socioeconomic equity. Proposed plans also include:

  • Wellness recovery programs which aim to help clients build a full life that includes friends, work and community; those combine with a mental health wellness center to provide programming and activities open to all.
  • Clinical services for adults and transitional age youth including outreach, referrals and linking clients to treatment. The division also funds other community agencies to help provide those services;
  • A "Peer Leader" program trains consumers of mental health services to support others with mental health issues;

The Three Year Plan outlines the use of $25 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 these methods until 5pm on June 22nd:

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

Give input in person on June 22nd at a Mental Health Commission meeting. 

Mental Health Commission hearing on MHSA 3-Year Plan
June 22, 7pm
North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst Avenue

The final Three Year Plan will be submitted for approval to the Berkeley City Council in July 2017. In addition to online, a hard copy of the plan can be found in the reference section of the Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge Street.

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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