Criminal Justice & Policing

CRISES Act: Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems Act (Kamlager) (AB 118)


In a time of crisis, CA has the opportunity to invest in community-led interventions proven more effective in impact and cost than law enforcement response.

Across CA, community organizations have been effectively responding to emergency situations. Now more than ever, it is time we make investments to scale these cost-saving alternatives to police response and ensure communities emerge more resilient.

The C.R.I.S.E.S. Act (Kamlager) pilot grant program will provide stability, safety, and culturally informed and appropriate responses to immediate emergency situations such as a mental health crisis, people experiencing homelessness, intimate partner violence, and natural disasters. These organizations will also aid in the follow-up to those emergencies by involving community organizations with a deeper knowledge and training in responding to those situations.

Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, ACLU California Action, Anti Police-Terror Project, Berkeley Free Clinic, Black Lives Matter LA, East Bay Community Law, Center Justice Teams Network, Oakland Power Projects, PolicyLink, Public Health Advocates, Silicon Valley De-Bug, STOP (Stop Terrorism Oppression by Police) Coalition, UDW/AFSCME Local 3930, Youth Justice Coalition