Eugene / Springfield’s CAHOOTS-Metro has new, increased hours of operation

CAHOOTS-Metro has new, increased hours of operation beginning April 1st, 2017

We are pleased to announce that White Bird Clinic’s CAHOOTS-Metro program (“Springfield CAHOOTS”) is growing. As of April 1st, 2017, CAHOOTS-Metro will be available from 9am to 3am; that’s 16 hours per day—everyday.

Thanks to a federal grant to Lane County for mobile mental-health crisis-intervention services, CAHOOTS-Metro began serving Springfield and Glenwood in January of 2015. Since then, the program has operated from noon to 11:30pm daily. The increase in service hours beginning on April 1st will be followed by a move to 24-hour service later this year.

CAHOOTS (“Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets”) was formed in 1989 by White Bird Clinic to assist or substitute the Eugene Police Department in situations involving a mental-health crisis, as well as various other types of problems (primarily related to addiction, homelessness, poverty, etc). CAHOOTS is currently available 24-hours per day in Eugene, with two vans operating during peak hours.

Each CAHOOTS team consists of an emergency medical technician (EMT) and a mental-health crisis-worker. Services provided include crisis-counseling, transportation to shelter & treatment facilities, non-emergency medical care, and more—all at no cost.

Eugene’s CAHOOTS program—which responds anywhere in Eugene’s city limits—can be reached by calling the Eugene Police Department non-emergency dispatchers at #541-682-5111.

CAHOOTS-Metro—which covers Glenwood and Springfield—can be reached by calling the Springfield Police Department non-emergency dispatchers at #541-726-3714.

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