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Name not shown inside District 1 May 18, 2020, 10:13 AM

What are the most pressing unmet mental health needs in the City of Berkeley?
The mentally ill homeless need housing and medical attention, including therapy for mental conditions.


What are your ideas on the best ways to address these needs?
City staff need to know each member of the homeless population even as it changes in order to identify the specific needs of each individual. These specially trained staff members need to win the trust of these individuals and be able to provide information about services they might need.

Name not available inside District 1 May 13, 2020, 4:37 PM

What are the most pressing unmet mental health needs in the City of Berkeley?
The most pressing need is from people who are unsheltered and without access to resources. The people who need help the most are in the worst position to ask for it.


What are your ideas on the best ways to address these needs?
We could have mental health supervisors that walk around downtown and offer one-on-one counseling on the street, build relationships, and guide those in greatest need toward resources that can help them.


Is there anything else you would like to share regarding mental health services and needs in the City of Berkeley?
Thank you for making this a priority.

Name not available inside District 1 May 12, 2020, 1:37 PM

What are the most pressing unmet mental health needs in the City of Berkeley?
From my own personal experience, there is a huge need for psychiatric services. People have been admitted to Herrick/Sutter and/or enterred the IOP program because they could not find a psychiatrist and need psych meds to become stable in addition to the skill development to function at a healthier level.


What are your ideas on the best ways to address these needs?
All I know is if the capacity for psychiatric care was increased to serve the need of the community, the demand for inpatient hospitalization and intensive outpatient program would be alleviated. Seems to me that there is a financial incentive here .. I understand that there is an issue of shortage of psychiatrists. I have no idea/s how to solve that very real, critical problem. I want to be clear that the issue is the perscription of psych meds and subsequent monitoring. With COVID-19, this need is going to increase by projections from the medical/scientific community.


Is there anything else you would like to share regarding mental health services and needs in the City of Berkeley?
The treatment at Herrick/Sutter inpatient and outpatient is stellar...a model program. The demand exceeds capacity. In many cases, including mine .. if appropriate treatment could have been accessed earlier -- which it couldn't for me inspite of weeks of several family members and professionals trying hard --- hospitalization would have most definitely been avoided. And this had to be hospitalization through the ER. This is unacceptable. Again, the need is growing due to COVID-19.

Name not available inside District 6 May 6, 2020, 5:09 PM

What are the most pressing unmet mental health needs in the City of Berkeley?
Need for additional supportive housing and affordable housing with wraparound services. Need for integration of high needs communities with healthcare (i.e., case a management and nursing staff)


What are your ideas on the best ways to address these needs?
Creating more affordable housing and investing in intensive case management and psychiatric services. Creating a database where providers on a case can share all relevant info


Is there anything else you would like to share regarding mental health services and needs in the City of Berkeley?
Thank you for gathering feedback!

Name not available inside District 4 May 6, 2020, 10:49 AM

What are the most pressing unmet mental health needs in the City of Berkeley?
1. homelessness with mental health issues.
2. suicide and depression among teens.
3. community depression, PTSD, and trauma (potentially intensified by COVID-19)


What are your ideas on the best ways to address these needs?
More outreach to homeless community for mental health resources and medications. More free, quality one-to-one and group therapy available to teens.

Name not available inside District 7 May 5, 2020, 6:02 PM

What are the most pressing unmet mental health needs in the City of Berkeley?
Mentally unstable people living on the street and sharing the sidewalks with my children.


What are your ideas on the best ways to address these needs?
Share the cost with the rest of the state and county. Stop spending more than others and being a magnet for the mentally ill.


Is there anything else you would like to share regarding mental health services and needs in the City of Berkeley?
All the mental health services in the world won't help those who won't take them. Last week, my neighbour called the police regarding the person sleeping on his porch. The police arrived and asked the person if they had mental health issues and what their name was. The person responded, "I'm Abraham Lincoln!" The police "moved the person along," clearly uncomfortable with the fact that they cannot do anything.

It is not "OK" to be stark raving mad and on the street. If we cannot supervise and house all the homeless, and I doubt our taxpayers are up for that responsibility, then we need to remove the excess from our streets.

Name not shown inside District 1 May 5, 2020, 5:29 PM

What are the most pressing unmet mental health needs in the City of Berkeley?
How homelessness perpetuates and causes mental health disorders


What are your ideas on the best ways to address these needs?
Provide supportive housing with on-site services and skilled multidisciplinary treatment teams that is accessible to couples, families, and people with pets


Is there anything else you would like to share regarding mental health services and needs in the City of Berkeley?
People cannot achieve mental health, safety and stability while homeless.

Name not shown inside District 8 May 5, 2020, 4:31 PM

What are the most pressing unmet mental health needs in the City of Berkeley?
Elderly. Was just thinking about all the times I've seen especially elderly women slow-walking through groceries stores to pass the time. It's their escape from social isolation.


What are your ideas on the best ways to address these needs?
Not a lot of choices, but how about some Zoom-esque events that include the elderly but are not an elderly ghetto. Maybe it's an outreach component, bring the elderly into Zoom-esque events by non-profits, schools, art groups, etc. Love Berkeley Pathwanderers. How about a live, moving Zoom-esque Pathwanderers event for the whole community, with special outreach to the elderly? Ditto a docent tour of UC-B botanical gardens. Teach them how to use conferencing/social media and then target them as participants. Their tendency for isolation is compound by their need to isolate.


Is there anything else you would like to share regarding mental health services and needs in the City of Berkeley?
Besides the elderly, there are paycheck-to-paycheck folks who are benefiting from the GREAT policies our WONDERFUL public officials are putting in place that represent out ENLIGHTENED community. But they still faces loads of anxiety. We're back to Zoom-esque events. Let's do it Berkeley-style, some music, some comedy, some art, some natural beauty, some New Agey stuff, some live talk. If we draw together, things get better.

Name not available inside District 7 May 5, 2020, 11:56 AM

What are the most pressing unmet mental health needs in the City of Berkeley?
potholes, streets and even "bicycle boulevards" with rough pavement, and pool filled with dirt instead of water to swim in


What are your ideas on the best ways to address these needs?
more effective use of public funds already collected, not through new bonds or assessments


Is there anything else you would like to share regarding mental health services and needs in the City of Berkeley?
higher priority for infrastructure and hard services

Name not shown inside District 6 May 5, 2020, 11:55 AM

What are the most pressing unmet mental health needs in the City of Berkeley?
The violence and crime by the mentally ill and criminals who live on our streets and in camps.


What are your ideas on the best ways to address these needs?
1. Enforce existing laws - I can't stress this enough. We are in a period of time both nationally and locally where existing laws are not being enforced.
2. Recognize the fact that the mentally ill have health issues.
3. Read the book "The Body Keeps the Score," and recognize that drug addition, alcoholism and bad decision making arise from trauma


Is there anything else you would like to share regarding mental health services and needs in the City of Berkeley?
Yes. How the government, culture and media have named the mentally ill a "homeless" problem" has vastly influenced its potential solution. For decades we have referred to those in our streets as "homeless" people or the "homeless" problem. These folks are, in fact, drug addicts, alcoholics, the mentally ill, criminals and/or a combination thereof. We should name it. Because we have called this multi-faceted problem "a homeless" issue for at least 30 years (as long as I can remember), we are stuck with those who shout that providing homes is a solution. Let's face facts...providing someone a home doesn't fix alcoholism, other drug addictions and mental health issues which need treatment. I urge the council and others to stop calling this a "homeless" issue ...it may foster a different solution!!!! 30 years ago, SF Civic Center turned into a cesspool under the Mayor Art Agnos, during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic. The Civic Center (where I had to go to work) was very, very dangerous. This danger continues in Berkeley because rather than dealing with perhaps having to house people in mental hospitals, care communities, and jails in a regional way, the cities with few resources play whack-a-mole with the problem. I abandoned my Berkeley YMCA membership because I was not safe in downtown Berkeley. If it wasn't for the arts groups, transit, and the adjacent University, I don't think anyone in town would visit Berkeley after dark.