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Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients:

Contact Info:

Emmitt Hudson, Program Director
Berkeley Drop-In Center
3234 Adeline Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94703
(between Fairview and Harmon)
PH: (510) 653-3808



Hours of Operation:

Monday through Thursday: 9am-4pm
Friday: 9am-2pm

Berkeley Drop-In Center is open 41/2 days for drop-in time and service advocacy, as well as other specified times for structured groups and activities.

Summary of Purpose and Services:

The Berkeley Drop-In Center is a multi-purpose community center run by and for past and present mental health clients and persons undergoing significant emotional distress. The Center is a safe, informal place for people to meet and socialize, share peer and group support, take part in recreational and social activities, and get help in obtaining basic survival and other life needs.

The Center has three basic service components:

1) Drop-In time:

  • mail and message service
  • food vouchers
  • free clothes
  • transportation assistance
  • snacks
  • support groups
  • TV
  • a place to socialize and get a cup of coffee
  • planned social events such as movies, parties and ball games

2) Service advocacy:

  • help getting and keeping SSI, General Assistance, and other financial benefits
  • job counseling and assistance
  • peer counseling and group discussions
  • information and referral
  • advocacy and rights protection
  • help with money management
  • payee representative services
  • medical referrals
  • substance abuse counseling & groups
  • services coordination

3) Housing advocacy:

  • Through various programs, provides 60 subsidized supportive housing Units
  • Provide housing advocacy, referral and information

Mission Statement:

Berkeley Drop-In Center is based on the self-help model. All staff are present and former mental health clients or have experienced significant emotional distress, and most of them have been homeless. All programs and policy decisions are made through membership meetings, special focus meetings, and the Board of Directors, 70% of which is made up of mental health clients.


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