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USA Today

Ryan W. Miller

23 July 2021

New York, New York, United States

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A pilot project in three New York Police Department precincts of Harlem showed in its first month that it can divert some mental-health crises away from hospitalization and toward other forms of help. Teams of medics ...

WNBC-TV

Darlene Rodriguez

22 July 2021

New York, New York, United States

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In its first month as a pilot project in a part of Harlem, New York's Behavioral Health Emergency Assistance Response Division (B-HEARD) handled one-quarter of 911 calls for mental health crises. Despite fears of dang...

WBUR

Robin Young

Allison Hagan

22 July 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

Radio Talk Show

5-15 Minutes

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The police chief in Eugene, Ore., home of the CAHOOTS program, which other communities see as the model for finding alternatives to policing, supports the program because it saves lives and saves the city money. Sendi...

People

Jeff Truesdell

15 July 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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CAHOOTS has become a national model because of its uncommon partnership with the Eugene Police Department. The police chief says CAHOOTS' unarmed first responders to mental health crises can de-escalate crises before ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

James Walsh

6 July 2021

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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To boost diversity in its ranks as part of its outreach to improve community relations, the St. Paul Police Department created a two-year apprenticeship program that makes law enforcement careers more accessible by cl...

NBC News

Vicky Collins

4 July 2021

Denver, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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As the nation’s largest city to embrace an alternative approach to responding to 911 calls in non-violent personal crises, Denver finished the first year of its pilot program having never needed police backup when its...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

30 June 2021

Jackson, Wyoming, United States

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In order to develop the next generation of school administrative leaders, the Teton County School District created a leadership development program. The aim of the program is to create a pool of candidates who will be...

BBC

Jo Mathys

29 June 2021

Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States

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All people between the ages of 14 and 21 in Washington, D.C., who are placed on probation for criminal convictions get assigned a probation officer, social worker, and a "credible messenger" – a mentor, usually with h...

The Kansas City Star

Hurubie Meko

27 June 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Black, urban farmers have formed a grassroots "ecosystem" to grow and distribute fresh, affordable produce in St. Louis neighborhoods where food insecurity and gun violence go hand in hand. Heru Urban Farming is a sta...

Gothamist

Elizabeth Kim

21 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Stand Up to Violence is the only street-outreach gun-violence-prevention program in New York that centers its work in hospitals. Street outreach is a policing alternative that uses former gang members and formerly inc...

The Washington Post

Rebecca Tan

16 June 2021

Montgomery County, Maryland, United States

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Montgomery County's longtime crisis response center illustrates the pitfalls of embracing a policing alternative without proper resources or thinking through the implications. The racial-justice protests of 2020 inspi...

KVUE-TV

Tori Larned

12 June 2021

Austin, Texas, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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Since 2014, all Austin police officers and cadets receive first-aid training, including the use of tourniquets and CPR. The training, which covers four weeks for cadets, is meant to provide stopgap, life-saving aid wh...

Santa Cruz Local

Stephen Baxter

11 June 2021

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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The nationwide 988 call system for suicide prevention and mental health crises will go live in July 2022, with federal funding available for certain local crisis response programs. Santa Cruz and Alameda counties alre...

Popular Science

Julia Hotz

7 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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The Mental Health First Aid course teaches people who are not mental health professionals to respond to people in crisis based on understanding rather than fear. Millions of people have taken the course in 24 countrie...

San Francisco Examiner

Joshua Sabatini

4 June 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco's Street Crisis Response Team is a pilot project meant to divert 911 calls for mental health emergencies from police to new teams of mobile counselors. Though it started with only one team and later expa...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Dave Miller

Allison Frost

2 June 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

Radio Talk Show

Over 15 Minutes

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The CAHOOTS program's national popularity as a model for diverting crisis calls from the police to unarmed teams of a medic and counselor belies its inability to fully serve its own community because of under-funding....

KSDK-TV

Casey Nolen

26 May 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Under 3 Minutes

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While homicides in St. Louis in the first part of 2021 increased over already-high numbers in recent years, three neighborhoods served by a new Cure Violence program showed significant decreases in homicides, assaults...

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mark Schlinkmann

26 May 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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In the parts of two neighborhoods where the violence-intervention program Cure Violence has been active since June 2020, and a third where it has been operating since January, more than 300 potentially violent inciden...

The Real News Network

Jaisal Noor

26 May 2021

United States

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In service industries that traditionally pay and treat workers poorly, worker-owned cooperatives serve as a humane alternative. Worker-owners at eight co-ops in four states describe the difference their jobs make in t...

Yes! Magazine

Anoa Changa

Laura Rosbrow-Telem

24 May 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Radio

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Two ways that communities affected by police violence and racial injustice responded to the uprising after George Floyd's murder were block-by-block organizing and participatory budgeting. The first, used in Minneapol...

What's Next Magazine

Natalie Mead

21 May 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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Six San Francisco neighborhoods are now served by the city's Street Crisis Response Teams, which answer 911 calls for non-violent mental or behavioral health crises without police involvement. In its first two months ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jo Piazza

20 May 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia police fail to solve most of the city's growing number of homicides, in part because of the no-snitching street code, a byproduct of the community's lack of trust in police. But the streets do sometimes t...

Santa Cruz Local

Stephen Baxter

20 May 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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Alameda and Santa Cruz counties have fielded their own mobile teams to respond to mental health crises as alternatives to police-only responses. Aimed at reducing conflicts with police, overuse of hospitals and jails,...

Christian Science Monitor

Francine Kiefer

18 May 2021

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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At the Los Angeles County Jail, two men incarcerated on pending murder charges created a homegrown approach to improving the care and conditions of confinement for people with serious mental illness. Their approach is...

FunTimes Magazine

Nana AmaAddo

15 May 2021

United Kingdom

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To increase the safety of people in mental health crisis, Philadelphia police train most officers in crisis intervention tactics and try to build better-informed responses into 911 operations. But problems persist. In...

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