For years, the Anti Police-Terror Project (and Critical Resistance) has been the leading voice demanding that Oakland be the vanguard in creating a model for mental health responders to be the first responders for mental health issues – and this was a central component of the Cat Brooks For Oakland campaign platform. The idea seems to be resonating and Councilmember Kaplan ForOakland has called for a meeting to review a model that exists in Eugene, Oregon.
We firmly believe that Oakland is a unique city and we need a unique model. And In fact, we are already in the process of working with mental health experts and security professionals to create one, but we are encouraging all of you to attend this meeting and express your support for further investigation into the creation of a model that works for Oakland.
The meeting features a presentation from CAHOOTS, a mobile crisis intervention team integrated into the public safety system in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon. Representatives will describe how the model has succeeded in reducing bad outcomes, saved money, and helped connect residents with services.
Agenda: 6pm Check-in & light refreshments
6:30 Presentation begins promptly