The Specialized Care Unit will offer an alternative to law enforcement for Berkeley residents facing emergencies.
Remembering Dr. Charlie Pollack, co-founder of Berkeley Therapy Institute
Pollack also served as Mental Health Director for Contra Costa County. He loved historical biographies, trivia, landscape photography, choral singing and San Francisco sports.
Election 2022: School board candidates answer Berkeleyside questions
Meet your school board candidates in Berkeley’s November 2022 election.
Dial 988: New mental health crisis hotline debuts
The new federal number is billed as an alternative to 911 for people experiencing mental health emergencies. A bill would allow California to fund call centers with new fees on phone lines.
After Berkeley High tragedy, students lobby for better mental health care
Following a classmate’s death, five students called on the City Council to prioritize funding student mental health programs. “We were converting our grief into something meaningful,” one said.
Police: Man with knife shatters window at Bobby G’s Pizzeria, scares patrons
The man hurled two rocks, shattering the window and injuring a man’s shoulder, before he was arrested, police said.
He sought help for years for mental illness. It ultimately killed him.
Chuck Feezel had struggled since childhood with a constellation of physical and mental challenges that required serious psychiatric treatment.
Man dies after hit-and-run crash; police ask for help to find driver
Charles Franklin Feezel was taken to Highland Hospital with critical injuries and died 12 days later.
Man struck in roadway during mental health crisis, police seek driver
The driver left the area in what police described as a “lowered, dark-color, mid 90’s sedan, with tinted windows (possibly a Nissan Altima).”
Berkeley looks at $7M earmark for expanded mental health services
Most of the money is for a new Specialized Care Unit that would respond instead of armed police to people in crisis.
Mental health crisis will outlast pandemic in Berkeley schools
Health professionals and Berkeley Unified counselors are bracing for a new wave of students needing mental health care when full-time, in-person school returns in the fall.
Families can hug again at Berkeley care facilities
As California virus rates improve, lockdown restrictions are easing in group living settings.