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Name not shown inside District 6 May 18, 2019, 9:42 AM

What are the most pressing unmet mental health needs in the City of Berkeley?
I’d rather see less money spent on mental health and more spent on infrastructure repair & improvement, sustainability measures, and wildfire preparedness

Name not available inside District 6 May 13, 2019, 12:57 PM

What are the most pressing unmet mental health needs in the City of Berkeley?
Children and families who actually live in Berkeley. Berkeley has over-rotated on mental health services for homeless who migrate here in search of services, at the expense of actual residents. We do have traumatized, poor and uninsured residents who are not homeless who are missing access to mental health services which are often not covered in medical insurance plans.


What are your ideas on the best ways to address these needs?
Have the city services coordinate directly with BUSD, so kids and families in need of early intervention can get the help they need. If it is possible to get people enrolled in Medical, help them with this process. Early intervention is key for turning people's lives around. Coordinate with women's shelters and domestic violence support programs.


Is there anything else you would like to share regarding mental health services and needs in the City of Berkeley?
The city needs to focus on serving residents first - that is the actual mandate, not attracting non-residents in search of services. I'm frankly tired of the expectation we expend endless effort/money on drug-addicted and/or medication non-compliant single, traveling men at the expense of long term residents of the city. There are vulnerable populations here in the city that are not prioritized.

Name not available inside District 5 May 12, 2019, 6:57 PM

Should the Council approve this agenda item?
Yes

Name not available inside District 2 May 12, 2019, 9:11 AM

Should the Council approve this agenda item?
No


Is there anything you would like the Council to consider regarding this item?
Repair current infrastructure, Do not create new items to do upkeep on until you're fixed what you've got. People are being hit by cars on a regular basis. The planet is warming.

Name not available inside District 6 May 11, 2019, 12:18 PM

What are the most pressing unmet mental health needs in the City of Berkeley?
I am battling depression for a long time and I have not availed of these services. I would like to. I need to.


What are your ideas on the best ways to address these needs?
I will go online to check the services and the facility hours.


Is there anything else you would like to share regarding mental health services and needs in the City of Berkeley?
Yes. Please have someone contact me at brhapsody (at) gmail ASAP.

Leah Gonzales inside District 3 May 11, 2019, 10:50 AM

What are the most pressing unmet mental health needs in the City of Berkeley?
Almost all mental health needs in berkeley are unmet. That is what makes them pressing needs.
I dont believe Berkeley is very specific or open about exactly what they do for those with mental illnesses. I feel that this lapse is due to the fact that in reality, Berkeley is not really doing much, if anything, at all.
Also I think that there has been a humongous change in the mental illnesses people are experiencing. I strongly believe this is occuring BECAUSE of the unregulated, badly researched, and clinically tested medications of today. When mental health agencies have partnerships with drug companies, those drugs are used freely without proof they help. And definitely nobody checked to see if those drugs cause more mental health damage instead.
Berkeley and Alameda County and places like Alameda County probation, have programs that require people to use programs such as Telecare to address mental issues. Telecare is responsible for many of the people on our streets today. They go to jail with one form of mental health issue occuring and emerge with more deterioration than has ever happened before. Their agreements in court are drastically influenced by wanting out of jail and accepting the telecare probation offer. Or more likely being under the control of those medications due to an involuntary treatment plan, enacted by the public guardian; and again having little or no choice.
Those drugs dont help. They've caused so much more harm its climatic.
Todays streets and cities are overrun with scarier and more uncontrolled crazies than I think history has ever seen. Rampant over use of unproven medications furthered by releasing the person back onto the streets with no real supervision is a form of insanity that is more dangerous and unacceptable than anything else



What are your ideas on the best ways to address these needs?
Real clinical, deeply regulated, morally, ethically, financially and medication matched, therapies and programs. Less crosstalk, less empty popular labeled promises, constant current immediately verifiable reporting.
Since mental health is akin to soul help, those who are given jobs in this business need to be held much more accountable for their actions or more realistically, their inactions.
No more designing a system that makes the mentally ill, responsible for making their steps towards betterment; or punishing them for their inability to do so.
I am a current "recipient" of "services", from Berkeley Mental Health.
I signed up for an FSP agreement. FSP at its creation point is a concept that could potentially solve problems all the way around the board.
It is also one of the most hugely funded and unregulated programs, ever created. In reality the City of Berkeley receives more funding for things like this than most people can imagine. Almost all services in this city are in this category. Highly lauded, hugely funded, largely unchecked and almost always unaccountable for their methods and results.
The FSP AGREEMENT is very detailed, covers almost all aspects of need in a persons life and could truely help. But that is only on paper. In reality my experience is not only, not helping, it is causing irreparable damage. It is not a lack on my part. Nor is it a lack on the part of some of the bmh staff that is employed in this department. Its not a lacking.
It is designed to do the harm its doing. Not designed that way in origin. It got this way, when it reached the City of Berkeley, level. Berkeley and BMH have recieved a disgusting amount of money in the name of mental health. They also ensured the continuation of money, by furthering the problem. They are creating a maelstrom of mentally harmed not helping people with original mental illness.



Is there anything else you would like to share regarding mental health services and needs in the City of Berkeley?
Stop using medications to fix peoples mental issues. Especially if they have co-occuring drug addiction. Even if you have the most amazing miracle drug for mental illness, you do not have one iota of the chemical makeup of the drugs they ingested today or yesterday or tomorrow. There is no way any medicine is safe for any mental illness person in that context. This goes for verifying that the medications won't cause allergic reactions. In reality, the theory that adding chemicals to an imbalanced or altered balance system is only continuing the altering.
Adding more chemicals is like adding fuel to the fire. A gust of wind or a lack of oxygen can cause a fire to go out of control.
Same thing with a humans mental state. Find the originating cause, then find the continuing factors, then find the breaking point or periods of constant breaks in a persons stable periods. Instead of a pill and turning them out to continue suffering alone, with a newly altered state of being. Try engaging, empathizing, nurturing(true nurturing is not coddling, by the way). With a learned mental instability-instances such as the person has a traumatic experience and has an incoherent verbal outburst; which garners immediate attention. Regardless if its positive or negative attention. Its attention. This can be a huge point for a person who is exised from society on a daily basis. They repeat the psychosis, unknowingly, to continue getting the attention they've hugely, lacked. After long periods of time, they or we cannot discern between the craziness and their true nature. But its there. The only way to repair that damage is with effort attention to even the smallest of details, dissecting the historical aspect, studying the persons daily actions and reactions or lack of the aforementioned.
In case nobody understands me, I'm saying we have to do mental health on a personal level.
The hardest part for this is not the financial aspect. Its finding or making the ones who will do the work. This way of fixing the problem, means soul giving of the problem solvers.
If we care enough to save our people and our communities, we have to dedicate more than 40 hours a week and paperpushing and fingerpointing and belittling.

Another thing I feel is our direct impact on our planet and how nature works.
We have spent the last 200 years destroying our natural resources, building false environments, creating world altering and cellular altering tools and weapons and foods and hopes and dreams and nightmares.
Nature accepts only so much before it puts an end to assault. Nature can fight against our add ins by taking them over and making them natures own weapons. We will ultimately lose if we dont start nurturing what nature created.
Us.

I am not educated or trained in any of this. I am only a person who lives and pays attention to my world and cares about all of it.

Name not available inside District 1 May 11, 2019, 9:12 AM

What are the most pressing unmet mental health needs in the City of Berkeley?
Mental heath provisions for homeless population


What are your ideas on the best ways to address these needs?
More health care outreach workers and follow up programs

Name not shown inside District 1 May 11, 2019, 8:42 AM

What are the most pressing unmet mental health needs in the City of Berkeley?
I imagine there are unmet needs in mental health that I don't see. But other issues that I see, mental health issues which lead to exacerbate homelessness are the most serious. Homelessness and mental health are a downward spiral.

Among the needs that I don't see, I'm particularly concerned about children and young adults in the area you may not be getting the care that they need. I would like to see the city of Berkeley work with the School district closed Lee to help Ensure quality care for these individuals.

many senior citizens also suffer from mental health issues, and some of them cannot afford insurance. I went to see the city Berkeley work closely with the county of Alameda to continue to provide quality health services for these residents.


What are your ideas on the best ways to address these needs?
Early intervention, and ensuring that people have their basic needs met, such as housing, food and bathing, will go a long way to promote people's recovery.

24-hour crisis services too quickly respond to a mental health emergency are critical. The city must also promote the service to Berkeley residents so that we know it's there.

Training of police in mental health response helps to reduce mental health situations from escalating into a violent situation.


Is there anything else you would like to share regarding mental health services and needs in the City of Berkeley?
Addressing mental health issues among people who hang around around downtown Berkeley will help the commercial district which will provide more taxes which can lead to better services.

The measures cost money, but society benefits overall. There are more ways of measuring value than simply money.

It's important to remember that all people suffer mental health crisis from time to time. Some people experience it more often than others. Those of us who are lucky have health insurance which will help take care of us or our families. Not everyone has access to that same quality health insurance.

Name not shown inside District 4 May 11, 2019, 8:00 AM

What are the most pressing unmet mental health needs in the City of Berkeley?
Mental health crises experienced by homeless persons. While these are the most visible situations, all mental health crises should be taken seriously because of their potential for profound harm to the person suffering the crisis and others in the community.


What are your ideas on the best ways to address these needs?
1. Having a 24 hour rapid response capacity to deal with persons suffering mental health crises. 2. Making Berkeley residents aware of that capacity. 3. Letting Berkeley residents know how to activate a response (who to call). With respect to the last item, I have normally called the Berkeley Police Department and requested a heath and safety check when I've observed a person in mental distress.

Richard Morgan inside District 5 May 10, 2019, 9:02 PM

Should the Council approve this agenda item?
Yes


Is there anything you would like the Council to consider regarding this item?
We are elderly and rarely listen to the radio or answer our home phone, responding only to successfully recorded messages.