• Annmarie Baranik

Police cuts give Portland alternative first responder program a boost -- but can it respond to the m

As elected officials in communities around the country feel pressure to shrink police budgets, they are suddenly looking to a more than 30-year-old crisis a


mayor's office convened a group of more than 50 agencies, advocates and homeless service providers to decide on how to adapt Eugene's Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets program, normally short-handed to Cahoots, to Portland's needs. Hames-García pointed to welfare agencies and child protective services as agencies that have treated families in poverty or in the midst of mental health or addiction issues differently based on race.https://www.oregonlive.com/crime/2020/07/police-cuts-give-portland-alternative-first-responder-program-a-boost-but-can-it-respond-to-the-moment.html

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