NAMI Finger Lakes continues our Family Forum series exploration of Mental Health Crisis Response on Tuesday, January 26th at 6:30 PM. This month, we turn our focus toward alternative solutions to policing for crisis response.
Join us as we spotlight the program CAHOOTS, Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets, the mobile crisis and medic response team for Eugene-Springfield’s Public Safety System in Oregon.
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For over thirty years, CAHOOTS responders have provided a community-based public safety system of mental health first response for crises involving mental illness, homelessness, and addiction. Responders utilize trauma-informed de-escalation and harm reduction techniques to assess needs and provide immediate stabilization in case of urgent medical need or psychological crisis, assessment, information, referral, advocacy, and, when warranted, transportation to the next
step in treatment.
Last year, CAHOOTS answered roughly 24,000 calls and called for police backup 250 times. The program saves the city of Eugene an estimated $8.5 million in public safety spending annually.
Meet our panelists:
Tim Black is the Director of Consulting at White Bird Clinic. With a background in runaway and homeless youth, harm reduction, and street outreach, he began working for CAHOOTS as a Crisis Intervention Worker in 2010, before moving into an administrative role as the CAHOOTS Operations Coordinator.
Ben Brubaker works as Administrative Coordinator of White Bird Clinic. He began serving White Bird in September 2006. Ben first started as a full-time Crisis Worker (Qualified Mental Health Associate) on WBC’s 24/7 Crisis Line and Walk-in Center. A few years later he joined the mobile crisis intervention team (CAHOOTS) as a Crisis Worker and presents internal and external training for the agency.
Family Forum is a joint Program of NAMI Finger Lakes and Tompkins County Mental Health Services. We invite the community to join us on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM for presentations and discussions regarding mental health programs, services, and advocacy.
To view our previous Family Forum exploring how mental health crisis response is provided currently, video of this event is available at this link on the NAMI FL YouTube channel:
For more information, visit http://www.namifingerlakes.org/mental-health-crisis-response/
Download the NAMI Document- Navigating a Mental Health Crisis