The Alameda C.A.R.E. Team goes “In-Service” Today.
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The City of Alameda is pleased to announce that it is launching a different way of responding to calls for service involving individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. Starting today, December 16, the Alameda CARE Team (Community Assessment Response & Engagement), led by your Alameda Fire Department (AFD), will provide a 24/7 alternative response to nonviolent, noncriminal individuals facing a mental health crisis.
If you are experiencing an emergency, always call 911.
If you are in crisis or see someone who may be in crisis, call 911 or call 510-337-8340 and ask for the CARE Team to respond.
When the CARE Team is dispatched, first responders will arrive in a low-profile program-branded vehicle outfitted for this work. The CARE Team will triage and assess clients in order to assist them with navigating the best path forward in obtaining needed services.
(**Although named the same, the Alameda Fire Department cannot speak on behalf of the City of Antioch’s program.**)