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Getting Help For Those Who Need It

FOR A BETTER KALAMAZOO

ABOUT US

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. 

 

RESOURCES

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CAHOOTS

Established in1989, this is the oldest of the programs. Last year, CAHOOTS responded to over 24,000 calls. Only 150 of those calls required police backup. 

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STAR

The pilot program began in June 2020. STAR responded to  748 incidents. None required police intervention. 

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B-HEARD

B-HEARD responded to over 100 calls during the one month pilot program. 13% more people accepted help compared to police or EMS response.