Wyden Reintroduces CAHOOTS Act

Feb 19, 2021

A Eugene-based mobile crisis intervention service could be replicated in other cities and funded by Medicaid, under a bill penned by Oregon Democrats.

Among local officials and CAHOOTS staff, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden announces his re-introduction of the CAHOOTS Act legislation at CAHOOTS' location in Eugene.
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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has re-introduced the CAHOOTS Act, similar to one he rolled out last year. Under it, states could have additional federal Medicaid support for 24-7 mobile crisis teams, with an enhanced, 95% federal match for Medicaid funds as well.

Wyden says now with a Democratic Congress and President, he expects his bill to go further this time.

“The change that took place with respect to January 20th, meant a whole lot, on a lot of issues.  But for the millions of people who are falling through the cracks in the healthcare system, and particularly those on the streets and faced with mental health challenges, the difference could not be starker.”

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio plans to introduce companion legislation for the CAHOOTS Act in the House of Representatives.

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