Mental Health Division
Mental Health Division

Crisis, Assessment, and Triage (CAT)

Our Purpose

We provide crisis counseling, assessment, evaluation, brief clinic based treatment services, and linkages to community based resources.  

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

Please note that we are not able to offer drop-in services at this time due to the mental health building closure.  If you are interested in receiving or referring an individual for services, please call the CAT team directly at (510) 981-5244 to speak with a CAT staff person.  If you are unable to speak with someone directly, please leave a message and a CAT staff will return your call as soon as possible.

What We Do

  • Assessment, information and referral, crisis intervention, medication services, substance abuse services, and parenting education to persons and families in crisis
  • Assistance in resolving neighborhood conflicts and addressing illegal activities
  • 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, Spanish, and Vietnamese

Fee: Sliding scale based on income; free services depending on income qualification

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Clinical Staff

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

Hours of Operation and Contact Information by Program

  • Drop-In Crisis Services: 
    Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
    Adult Clinic
    2640 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
    Berkeley, CA 94704 
    Phone: (510) 981-5244 (CAT Direct Line)
    Phone: (510) 981-5290 (General Information)

  • Mobile Crisis Team: (Serves adults and children) 
    Phone: (510) 981-5900 (Police non-emergency)
    Everyday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., 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, 2640 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Questions or comments? Email: Phone: (510) 981-5290
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
TTY: (510) 981-6903