by Ivette Alé
More than $70 million had been cut from the Alameda county’s mental health care budget since 2007. Yet, Alameda County has the highest per capita incidence in the state of involuntary holds placed on individuals experiencing a mental health emergency.
While the overall number of people locked up in Santa Rita Jail is decreasing, the percentage of people with mental health issues who are imprisoned there is on the rise. This disparity is caused by our failure to provide mental health services in the community, and the criminalization of mental illness.
Join Alameda County Jail Fight Coalition for a Town Hall envisioning what it would look like to provide #CareNotCages to members of our community with mental illness.
A space for learning and discussion for directly impacted people, their family and friends, service providers, activists, and all others concerned with incarceration of people with mental illness, especially here in Alameda County.
Saturday, June 3rd 1-4pm
East Side Arts Alliance 2277 International Blvd. Oakland
If you are in need of childcare, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.