What is Care First Jails Last?
Care First is an Alameda County resolution, authored by DAC, that 1) sets a policy goal to end the county’s reliance on jailing people with mental illness and substance use needs, and 2) creates a community-led process to build out community based mental health care. It was passed on May 25, 2021 unanimously by the Board of Supervisors.
What happens next?
As the county is solidifying a timeline, DAC is accepting nominations for taskforce members. We will be reviewing every submission to craft a slate of mission aligned taskforce members who believe in creating safe, supportive alternatives to incarceration for people with mental health needs. Scroll down to submit a nomination.
Care First Jails Last Taskforce Composition
25-member, Brown-acted committee
5 - Supervisor appointees, with a preference for persons directly impacted by incarceration or the mental health system or their family members.
9 - Agency directors (or their designees):
Alameda County Behavioral Health (acting as chair of committee)
Social Services Agency
Community Development Agency
Homeless Care and Coordination
2 - Appointees of Health Committee drawn from:
Mental Health Advisory Board
Alameda Health System
East Bay Supportive Housing Collaborative
Mental Health Collaborative
3 - Mental Health Service Providers/Community Based Organizations
One each from North County, South County, Tri-Valley
2 - City Program Directors - from two most impacted cities
4 - Law enforcement officers (appointed by Health Committee)
Nominate a Task Force Member Here By August 22, 2021: