The Network Response to COVID-19

We are a network of five programs throughout Alameda County.  Founded in 1988,

all of our programs have been run by people with personal lived-experience with mental health, homelessness and/or addiction recovery.  We seek to meet the needs of the mental health community by providing peer-run alternatives to the traditional mental health system. 


We are providing essential peer support services during this time of required "physical isolation." We use the term "physical isolation" instead of social isolation because we firmly believe in the importance of social connection, especially during difficult times. Each of our programs is providing some level of peer support services. 


Click on a program to find out what they are offering during this time of "shelter in place".




Here are some general resources provided by other agencies within Alameda County:







Food Assistance for the Elderly:

Here are some other resources for peer support during this pandemic. 


And how about some fun stuff?

  • Laughter is the Best Medicine:

  • COVID-19: Stay at Home Fun for Adults



City of Berkeley COVID-19 Resources

Alameda County Every One Home COVID-19 Resources

Get phone peeer support.

Contact PEERS (Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services) at 510-832-7337

Are you currently homeless?

Are you  experiencing an illness such as a cold or upper respiratory challenges?

Do you have concerns fo being exposed to Covid-19?

Please contact us! There are resources for you!

Contact us at

Need a phone?  Check out this website. If you need assistance signing up, please let us know. We can help.


For over 30 years we have been improving the quality of lives of mental health clients

within Alameda County by promoting freedom of choice, empowerment, and independent living within the community.


I put my hand in yours and together we can do

what we could never do alone.

No longer is there a sense of hopelessness.

No longer must we each depend

upon our own unsteady willpower.

We are together now

reaching out our hands for strength

greater than our own.

And as we join hands we find

love and understaning

beyond our wildest dreams.

How to get involved...


We are a grassroots organization with many opportunities for community members to support our programs.  Whether you are able to make a financial contribution, volunteer your time, or participate in our peer support groups, we hope you will consider getting involved with the Network!

Reaching Across staff leads yoga class

at our 25th anniversary celebration

A BestNow student gives a presentation on her internship experience

Umbrella and program from our 25th anniversary

BestNow staff help coordinate the free farmer's market at the We Move for Health event at Lake Merritt, organized by the Health and Human Resource Education Center


© 2020

Contact the Network

Phone: (510) 652-7451