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CAHOOTS Extends Reach To More High Schools Starting This Fall

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A mobile crisis counseling service is making itself available to more area high schools this fall. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) will hold weekly clinics for students in Thurston High School, Springfield High School and Gateways.  It’s an expansion of services already being provided at a handful of other schools in the Eugene-Springfield area.

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Ashley Barnhill-Hubbard is CAHOOT’s School Outreach Liaison. She says about a fourth of their calls are from youth and families in crisis, and her staff is open to tackling any physical or mental health issue.

“We can help with pretty much anything," Barnhill-Hubbard tells KLCC.  "We’re great creative problem solvers.  And we are really happy to help youth and families, and teachers and the staff that also do that work.”

The school clinics will consist of a crisis counselor and a medic for two hours a week. A 2017 report by Lane County Public Health says more than a third of high school juniors suffer from depression, and one in five have contemplated suicide.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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