What is the Care First, Jails Last Resolution?
Care First, Jails Last is an Alameda County, CA policy resolution that 1) sets a policy goal to end the County’s reliance on incarcerating 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. The resolution was co-authored by American Friends Service Committee and Restore Oakland, and championed by Supervisor Wilma Chan.
What happens next?
After the CFJL resolution was passed, the County mandated the creation of a Care First Jails Last Taskforce, which tasked with implementing the vision of the CFJL resolution. The CFJL Taskforce has finally begun meeting on a monthly basis. The Care First Community Coalition is continuing to reach out to the Supervisors and County Departments to ensure a timely, transparent process.
Zoom Link to monthly Care First Jails Last Taskforce meetings: https://bit.ly/CareFirstZoom
*Updated March, 2022
Care First Jails Last Taskforce Composition
25-member, Brown-acted committee
Board of Supervisors
D1 - Haubert - Peggy Rahman (NAMI)
D2 - Valle - Pedro Naranjo (Union City Youth and Family Services)
D3 - Brown - Kimberly Graves (community member)
D4 - Miley - Kristina Bedrossian (Community Works West)
D5 - Carson - KD Dixon (ACLU)
Community-Based Service Providers
Mental Health Advisory Board - Brian Bloom
East Bay Supportive Housing Collaborative - Margot Dashiell
City Law Enforcement (4 seats)
No appointments have been made