When Mental-Health Experts, Not Police, Are the First Responders

Cahoots, or Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets, is a non-profit group that responds to mental health emergency calls instead of police in Eugene, Oregon. The group is cheaper than sending first responders, but are wired in to the 911 system and can respond without law enforcement. In neighboring Olympia, police are setting up a group modeled on Cahoots.

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