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A Safe Place
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Oakland’s only comprehensive domestic violence program for battered women and children. The agency offers a comprehensive program that provides both shelter and professional supportive services to victims of domestic violence. The Emergency Shelter Program provides up to 8 weeks of shelter and therapeutic environment for women and their children. And the 24-hour crisis and shelter referral and information line handles nearly 3,000 calls each year.

Alameda County Mental Health Board
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The Alameda County Mental Health Board has a commitment to ensure that the County's behavioral health care services provide quality care, which treats members of our diverse community with dignity courtesy and respect. This shall be accomplished through advocacy, education, review and evaluation of Alameda County's mental health needs.

Alameda County Public Health Department
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Alameda County Public Health Department has worked for over 50 years to improve the health and safety of its residents and the neighborhoods they live in. Traditional public health concerns such as disease outbreaks, environmental hazards and access to health care have been joined by contemporary concerns: bioterrorism, crime, violence, and substance abuse. Each calls for short and long-term solutions. The mission of the health department is to work in partnership with the community to ensure the optimal health and well being of all people.

Alameda County Social Services Agency
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The Alameda County Social Services Agency is comprised of 2,400 men and women working collectively and in partnership with community-based organizations to serve the needs of the community. Contracts with Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS) to provide mental health services to eligible individuals in The Agency's programs.

Alameda County Tri-Area Narcotics Anonymous
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An international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts with more than 31,000 weekly meetings in over 100 countries worldwide. A nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem, meeting regularly to help each other stay clean. Membership is open to all drug addicts, regardless of the particular drug or combination of drugs used. Narcotics Anonymous provides a recovery process and support network inextricably linked together.

Alameda County Veterans Services
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Provides veterans and their dependents and/or survivors with information regarding veterans benefits, and assistance with filing benefit claims, waivers and appeals, in order for them to obtain and maintain all available benefits and entitlements for which they are eligible.

Alameda County: Web Site
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Links to information and resources of Alameda County. May provide links to veteran support and advocacy organizations.

    Alameda County Health Care Services
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    Alameda County's Health Services Program is administered by the Health Care Services Agency and includes Behavioral Care.

    Behavioral Health Care Services
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    Supplies a comprehensive network of integrated programs and services for all people with serious psychiatric disabilities, regardless of age, ethnicity, language or geographic location; in order to minimize hospitalization, stabilize and manage psychiatric symptoms, and help them achieve the highest possible level of successful functioning in their community of choice. Provides mental health crisis and recovery services following major disasters. Seeks to improve the quality of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation services in order to reduce illness and death.

Alcoholics Anonymous East Bay Intergroup
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Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women helping each other to remain sober. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop drinking. Link to Al-Anon is included.

Community Child Care Council of Alameda County
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A private, non-profit agency providing services that benefit children, families, and the professional child care community. Their mission is to develop and coordinate resources to strengthen families and children.

East Bay Stand Down
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Since the first East Bay Stand Down in 1999, their goals have been to provide a respite from the streets so that needy and homeless veterans can examine avenues of assistance. They help to place the participants into residential programs, offer employment, and to provide follow-up programs of various types.

Give an Hour
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Provides complimentary nationwide counseling services endorsed by but separate from the military establishment to troops, veterans, and military spouses, children, parents, siblings, and unmarried partners.

Mental Health Association of Alameda County
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The Mental Health Association of Alameda County (MHAAC) helps and advocates on behalf of people with mental illness and their families. The MHAAC works to educate the community about mental illness and advocates for improvements in public policy and increased funding for mental health services.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Tri-Valley
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Provides information and referrals to resources, education programs and advocacy support for consumers and families affected by mental illnesses.

NAMI Alameda County
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Provides group support for families and friends of the mentally ill, sharing experience and knowledge, enabling families to maintain control of their lives and to assist their ill family members. Advocates for improved services for persons with disabling mental illness, and suggests and supports legislative efforts that address their needs. Strives to eradicate stigma, remove prejudice, and attain community acceptance of mental disorders as serious illnesses-rather than failings of character.

Oakland VA Mental Health Clinic
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Provides a full range of mental health and substance abuse treatment services including, including treatment for drug and alcohol-related dependencies, medication management, methadone maintenance, individual and group therapy.

Oakland VA Outpatient Clinic
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Offers a wide array of medical, surgical, and ancillary health care services, including laboratory, radiology and pharmacy. Medicine services are available in cardiology, dietary, endocrinology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, neurology, pulmonary, rehabilitative medicine, social work services, women’s health, and urgent care. Surgical subspecialties are available in ENT, gynecology, optometry and ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, podiatry, and general surgery and urology.

Operation Dignity
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Providing emergency and transitional housing to homeless veterans and non-veterans since 1993. We are a full-fledged non-profit) veteran run, service-enriched provider serving the homeless and displaced populations of Alameda County.

UC Berkeley Veterans Student Services
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Providing assistance to veterans, dependents of veterans, and reservists, this is the most important office to make certain that you receive VA educational benefits.

VA Northern California Health Care System
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An integrated health care delivery system, offering a comprehensive array of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, mental health and extended care to veterans in Northern California.

VA Oakland Regional Office
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Provides benefits and services to veterans, their dependents and beneficiaries in a timely and compassionate manner; in recognition of their service to the nation.

 
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