City Council Discusses New Mental Health Services – Beverly Hills Courier — Beverly Hills Courier

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To fund and establish the team, a budget enhancement request of $742,079 will be presented to City Council at its next budget meeting on May 24. Additionally, the board asked staff to write a letter on their behalf in support of SB1338,” a California Senate bill that would create civil mental health courts in each of the state’s 58 counties for providing health care to people with mental illness.

The Board also reviewed the proposed capital improvement budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year and the proposed five-year capital improvement project (CIP) plan budget. The CIP budget presented by the staff for next year saw an increase of $7.8 million over the budget adopted last year, due to projects such as the real-time monitoring center, the construction of City Hall Tower, Cabrillo Pumping Station, Reservoir Management, Sidewalk Improvement Projects and more. New projects for next year include the construction of affordable housing and the renovation of the public works building. Next week, staff will present the draft operating budget, which will be presented to Council for adoption on June 14th.

“The homeless population in Beverly Hills appears to be on the rise, which is likely due to a variety of factors, including recent efforts by other local jurisdictions to clean up homeless encampments,” said deputy city manager Nancy Hunt-Coffey. from Beverly Hills. “There have been a number of these types of campsite cleanups over the past couple of years, including earlier this year where a campsite in nearby Westwood Park was cleaned.”

The proposed budget for the MET will fund two licensed mental health professionals and fund one of two specially trained police officers, working in two teams of two. Both teams will have the ability to provide on-the-ground care as well as write involuntary holds for anyone posing a danger to themselves or others. Similar to the nurse practitioner program, the MET team would provide support and follow-up care to those who may have first engaged with the city through an emergency call.

“It was a very important discussion and something that mattered to all my colleagues,” said Mayor Lili Bosse, who asked that this item be placed on the agenda. “In terms of mental health, in terms of homelessness, we as a community have worked very hard in all the years that I’ve been involved in the city.”

This week, the city launched a Special Alert Registry, a secure safety tool designed to assist BHPD officers who encounter community members with disabilities, including but not limited to autism, schizophrenia, dementia, deafness or any other mental and developmental disability.

The registry is for residents to disclose information regarding medications, emergency contact information, physical descriptions, known routines, favorite attractions, special needs and more to help officers communicate with, to find a residence or to manage a situation involving a person with special needs. Needs. To register, visit https://www.beverlyhills.org/departments/policedepartment/onlineservices/specialalertregistry/.

“I think that’s really good because the more information we can give our police and firefighters when they respond to a call, if they’re potentially dealing with someone with mental illness, to get it before even if they don’t arrive on the spot, it’s very, very critical,” BHPD chief Mark Stainbrook said of the special alert register.

While the MET program is expected to come into effect around August or September, Mayor Bosse has ordered staff to return next month with alternative measures to help the homeless in the meantime. If a member of the public sees someone in need of these services, they can call the Beverly Hills Outreach Team at 310-487-0313.

Similar to last year’s budget process, City staff presented City Council with the CIP budget and two new CIP items. Following the council’s priority setting session on April 26, council directed staff to make affordable housing a priority. As a result, a new PIC has been added with initial funding of $0.5 million for the coming year to meet initial planning and pre-development costs to develop affordable housing. As the plan unfolds, funding for the RIC for future years will be established. The second new project allocated an additional $0.5 million to redevelop the second floor of the Public Works Building on Foothill Road and replace old furniture.

“There’s also the current year’s appropriation that was passed, of $63.3 million, as well as about $198 million that was carried over from previous years,” said the chief financial officer, Jeff Muir. “So overall, this plan represents approximately $638 million in capital investment in Beverly Hills over the coming years.”

“So we’re really putting money aside for future projects,” Councilman Lester Friedman said. “We are proactive in terms of funding up front because we know we will need this project in three, four or five years, or maybe next year if it was something imminent.”

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