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What are the most important unmet mental health needs the City of Berkeley should consider when making funding decisions for the next three years?

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What are the most pressing unmet mental health needs in the City of Berkeley?

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What are your ideas on the best ways to address these needs?

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

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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.

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