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Oregon Gets Nearly $1 Million To Support Mobile Crisis Services

Brian Bull

Oregon’s Medicaid Program will receive nearly $1 million dollars in federal grants to support mobile crisis intervention services, like Eugene’s CAHOOTS.

Oregon joins 19 other states that have been awarded a combined total of $15 million in planning grants. 


U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said this is the first stage in launching similar programs like CAHOOTS across the country. The idea is to reduce police encounters during mental health crises.


“So often I heard law enforcement say ‘you know we really aren't trained for a lot of this’, and mental health people to say ‘you know we’re not trained to do law enforcement,’” he said.


“The proven model that comes from our state gives both mental health people and law enforcement the chance to focus on the work they’re trained for.”


State medicaid agencies received grant funding from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. 

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Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.
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