Programs are emerging across the country that are sending mental health professionals to nonviolent, noncriminal calls for service instead of law enforcement. These programs have seen huge successes. It reduces police call volume, reduces the use of force, and provides individuals with the services that they need.
Inspired by the CAHOOTS program established in Eugene, OR in 1989, programs have been established in Denver, Los Angeles, New York, and other cities across the country. In April, the city of Ann Arbor passed a resolution to create a program for mental health response as well. We want to bring this type of program to Kalamazoo.