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Santa Cruz Local

Stephen Baxter

11 June 2021

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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The nationwide 988 call system for suicide prevention and mental health crises will go live in July 2022, with federal funding available for certain local crisis response programs. Santa Cruz and Alameda counties alre...

Popular Science

Julia Hotz

7 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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The Mental Health First Aid course teaches people who are not mental health professionals to respond to people in crisis based on understanding rather than fear. Millions of people have taken the course in 24 countrie...

San Francisco Examiner

Joshua Sabatini

4 June 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco's Street Crisis Response Team is a pilot project meant to divert 911 calls for mental health emergencies from police to new teams of mobile counselors. Though it started with only one team and later expa...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Dave Miller

Allison Frost

2 June 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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The CAHOOTS program's national popularity as a model for diverting crisis calls from the police to unarmed teams of a medic and counselor belies its inability to fully serve its own community because of under-funding....

Health Affairs

Rob Waters

1 June 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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The long-running CAHOOTS program, which replaces police with medics and social workers to respond to non-violent, non-criminal mental health crises, suicide threats, and problems stemming from homelessness, serves as ...

What's Next Magazine

Natalie Mead

21 May 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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Six San Francisco neighborhoods are now served by the city's Street Crisis Response Teams, which answer 911 calls for non-violent mental or behavioral health crises without police involvement. In its first two months ...

Santa Cruz Local

Stephen Baxter

20 May 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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Alameda and Santa Cruz counties have fielded their own mobile teams to respond to mental health crises as alternatives to police-only responses. Aimed at reducing conflicts with police, overuse of hospitals and jails,...

FunTimes Magazine

Nana AmaAddo

15 May 2021

United Kingdom

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To increase the safety of people in mental health crisis, Philadelphia police train most officers in crisis intervention tactics and try to build better-informed responses into 911 operations. But problems persist. In...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jo Piazza

13 May 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, public agencies and funding serve homicide victims' families. But grassroots groups target the enormous gaps in services for the survivors of gun violence, people whose unaddressed needs – medical, fi...

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Will Cleveland

11 May 2021

Rochester, New York, United States

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Rochester's Person In Crisis team, launched in response to the death of Daniel Prude in police custody during a mental health crisis, began a six-month pilot project in January. PIC uses a "co-response model" of crisi...

KGTV-TV

Jared Aarons

10 May 2021

San Diego, California, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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As San Diego County ramps up its CAHOOTS copycat – a mental health crisis response that sends specialists other than police to non-violent calls, similar to the long-running exemplar in Eugene, Oregon – it's beginning...

The City

Greg B. Smith

Reuven Blau

9 May 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Despite committing hundreds of millions of dollars to programs that make New York City's emergency response to mental health crises less punitive, a pattern of over-promising and under-delivering, plus pandemic snarls...

Arizona Daily Star

Stephanie Casanova

1 May 2021

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Tucson Police Department's Homeless Outreach Team operates on the premise that even though many want to see police excluded from any role in dealing with homelessness, residents still call 911 and demand a police resp...

Arizona Daily Star

Stephanie Casanova

30 April 2021

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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When people refuse mental health care while under court orders to get treatment, Tucson police send a mental health support team to take the people to crisis observation clinics or hospitals. The teams have the traini...

What's Next Magazine

Jessica Kantor

29 April 2021

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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When Las Vegas' restrictions on encampments pushed unhoused people into a shopping center outside the restricted zone, Vegas Stronger worked with business owners and the police to intervene without the need for arrest...

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Gino Fanelli

29 April 2021

Rochester, New York, United States

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Following the death of Daniel Prude in Rochester police custody, the city consulted with the operators of Eugene's CAHOOTS program to craft its own version of a team of unarmed responders to help resolve mental health...

Arizona Daily Star

Stephanie Casanova

29 April 2021

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Tucson Police Department's Substance Use Resource Team reaches out on the streets to people with substance-use disorder, offering them treatment instead of arrest and jail. The team is an extension of the department's...

Willamette Week

Tess Riski

21 April 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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After the U.S. Justice Department found that Portland police used excessive force too often when dealing with people in mental health crises, the city formed an unarmed mobile crisis team and a team of police officers...

Willamette Week

Tess Riski

14 April 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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The Portland Street Response program sends a paramedic and social worker on non-emergency calls, often involving mental health crises, instead of sending police. The pilot project, operating during weekday hours in on...

Idaho Education News

Sami Edge

14 April 2021

Idaho, United States

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The Connect program in Cassia, Idaho is making it easier for students experiencing mental health crises to get help. Students are able to call a phone number, which also has Spanish interpreters, where they can receiv...

WBUR

Peter O'Dowd

Allison Hagan

7 April 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Radio Talk Show

5-15 Minutes

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A college professor and a former stabbing victim counsel young men in the hospital soon after they are shot or stabbed. These interventions, based on trust and shared experiences, are meant to prevent repeat injuries,...

ABA Journal

Julianne Hill

1 April 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Chicago's debate over which responses to mental health crises will avoid needless police shootings and other tragedies led city council members to the CAHOOTS model. The Eugene, Ore., program sends two unarmed first r...

Coloradoan

Sady Swanson

22 March 2021

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

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Acting on a recognition that police and the criminal justice system are too involved in responses to mental health and substance abuse crises, UCHealth formed mental health response teams that partner with Fort Collin...

KGW-TV

Laural Porter

19 March 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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In its first month of operation, Portland Street Response Team began intervening with people on the streets who are experiencing substance abuse or mental health problems. The program, modeled on Eugene, Oregon's CAHO...

TVO

Charnel Anderson

15 March 2021

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

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Thunder Bay police formed IMPACT (Integrated Mobile Police Assessment Crisis Team), pairing crisis responders with mental health expertise with police officers to respond 24/7 to people experiencing mental health cris...

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