Policy Positions

of the MHAAC Board of Directors

The Mental Health Association of Alameda County (MHAAC) is a nonprofit organization that has been advocating for individuals with mental illness, supporting and educating their family caregivers, and offering free mental health resources to the residents of Alameda County since 1958. The following policy positions have been adopted by the Board of Directors of the MHAAC.

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AB 988, The Miles Hall Lifeline Act

Adopted by the Board of Directors 9/13/2021

It is the position of the Mental Health Association of Alameda County that California needs a dedicated 3-digit number as a new crisis line for people experiencing behavioral health emergencies.  We believe that the passage of Assembly Bill 988 will allow for an improvement of crisis response services for people experiencing a mental health emergency by providing 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors, mobile crisis teams staffed by mental health professionals and trained peers, and crisis stabilization facilities as an alternative to emergency rooms or jails.  Establishing 988 is an important first step in addressing the unmet mental health needs in our communities.

Police Involvement in Mental Health Crises

Adopted by the Board of Directors 11/17/2020

It is the position of the Mental Health Association of Alameda County that police involvement in mental health calls should be the intervention of last resort and only in those circumstances when a weapon is involved.  To this end we support emerging models of intervention that either pair a mental health professional with a police officer or pair a mental health professional with an EMT.  We look to the day when these models are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at all locations in our county, across the state of California and the United States.  In order to expand programs that do not include police intervention we encourage exploration of models that utilize non-licensed but highly trained mental health workers as well as peer models of crisis intervention.

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