What is Care First Jails Last?
Care First is an Alameda County, CA resolution 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. The resolution was co-authored by American Friends Service Committee and Restore Oakland, and championed by Supervisor Wilma Chan.
What happens next?
The resolution has passed, and the Taskforce mandated to implement the vision of the resolution has finally began meeting. 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 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