California Celebrates Groundbreaking for Community Wellness and Prevention Center in Oakland

Oakland Project Received Nearly $9 Million in Grants to Improve California’s Behavioral Health Infrastructure for Children and Youth

Groundbreaking led by Safe Passages CEO Josefina Alvarado Mena

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) joined Safe Passages on June 6 to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new Community Wellness and Prevention Center to serve youth in the Oakland area. DHCS awarded Safe Passages $9 million in funding to build a safe space to address gaps in mental health and substance use disorder treatment for children and youth transitioning to adulthood. The wellness center will enable Safe Passages to serve more than 4,800 community members with critical resources.

With the recently ​approved Proposition 1 bonds, in 2025 and 2026, even more treatment sites will be funded and built.

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