Berkeley City Council hears $8 million proposal for police alternative

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Budget recommendations for fiscal year 2022 include allocation $8 million to the Berkeley Specialized Care Unit, which is a potential way for the city to address mental health crises without relying on its police force. The SCU is being further developed as a “community-informed” initiative.

During Tuesday’s Berkeley City Council meeting, city deputy manager David White presented his office’s budget recommendations for fiscal year 2022. In the report, White said the city should allocate $8 million to expand its Specialized Care Unit, or SCU.   
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