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Police Alternatives

This document aims to provide resources as alternatives to calling the police for those located in the San Francisco and East Bay areas. Resources are differentiated by categories for ease of access.

Well Clinic has compiled this resource to assist our clinicians and any other professionals in the community who may find it useful. Our intention is to avoid police intervention in the field of mental health and practice calling on these alternatives if a higher level of care is needed for our clients or others in the community.

We also highly recommend this document, compiled by Showing Up for Racial Justice.

As a community of healing professionals, we firmly support defunding the police.

It is clear that an institution with its origins as the Slave Patrol simply can not be part of a just and equitable society. Not only does it materially endanger the lives of Black people specifically, and has since its inception, but it also represents a way of viewing people and problems in society that is harmful to everyone.

The interlocking systems that create the majority of what the police are dispatched to address are solvable and as a society, we have an ethical obligation to heal, repair and not to perpetrate new trauma on already marginalized and traumatized members of our community.

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