CAHOOTS to get new crisis response vans through congressional funds

CAHOOTS, White Bird Clinic’s unarmed crisis response team, is set to have two new vans thanks to US congressionally directed spending funds and the assistance of Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.

The money, a $200,000 grant to the Eugene Police Department, will go toward purchasing and equipping two new emergency response vans for CAHOOTS.

“We’re incredibly excited to get this grant,” Rory Elliot, a offer for CAHOOTS, said. “This grant will be able to stabilize a lot of our work.”

The 33-year-old mobile crisis-response program functions through a unique marriage of police resources and counterculture philosophies. When there’s an emergency situation that isn’t criminal, CAHOOTS can go, armed only with de-escalation techniques, instead of police.

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