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CAHOOTS Act Nearing Introduction In The U.S. Senate

Brian Bull

Eugene's mobile crisis intervention service known as CAHOOTS will be highlighted as a model alternative to traditional policing this week.

In a release, Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden says he’s introducing a federal bill called the Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets Act.  The legislation emphasizes a mental health approach over an armed response, which some say only escalates some situations.

CAHOOTS marked its 31st year in July.  It’s operated by the White Bird Clinic.  Wyden’s bill would encourage other states to adopt their model through increased Medicaid funding.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ 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 (19 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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