From Twin Ports DSA <[email protected]>
Subject 📣 Cahoots Zoom Presentation Thursday 6 PM
Date August 21, 2021 6:43 PM
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Dear Twin Ports DSA Members and Associates,

Twin Ports Democratic Socialists of America and Duluth Community Safety Initiative present:

Alternative Crisis Response a presentation on CAHOOTS ([link removed]) of Eugene, Oregon by guest speaker Berkley Carnine, Thursday 8/26 6PM!

Berkley is an educator, crisis worker, and organizer in Eugene, Or. Berkley currently works as White Bird Clinic’s Community Education Specialist and as a mobile crisis counselor with CAHOOTS. ZOOM link below.

CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets), was developed and launched 31 years ago by White Bird Clinic in Eugene, Oregon. It is an innovative community-based public safety system to provide mental health first response for crises involving mental illness, homelessness, and addiction.

The CAHOOTS model has been in the spotlight in the past year and half as our nation struggles to reimagine public safety. The program mobilizes two-person teams consisting of a medic (a nurse, paramedic, or EMT) and a crisis worker who has substantial training and experience in the mental health field. The CAHOOTS teams deal with a wide range of mental health-related crises, including conflict resolution, welfare checks, substance abuse, suicide threats, and more, relying on trauma-informed de-escalation and harm reduction techniques. CAHOOTS staff are not law enforcement officers and do not carry weapons; their training and experience are the tools they use to ensure a non-violent resolution of crisis situations. They also handle non-emergent medical issues, avoiding costly ambulance transport and emergency room treatment.

The Duluth Community Safety Initiative (DCSI) is a grassroots collective of concerned citizens who united in the summer of 2020 to implement the demands ofthis petition ([link removed]) . DCSI's current efforts are directed toward (1) developing a racial bias audit of the DPD, (2) bringing a CAHOOTS-style crisis response model to Duluth, and (3) developing strategies for healthy, constructive communication between the DPD and Duluth citizens.

The Twin Ports DSA's Racial Justice Working Group is advocating for the local implementation of an unarmed mobile crisis response program which could be added to our 911 system. This program would be modeled after the CAHOOTS program in Eugene, Oregon and would send extensively trained crisis workers to respond to issues of mental health crises, homelessness, and addiction in our community.

We look forward to learning and growing with you Thursday, August 26th at 6PM.

Twin Ports Democratic Socialists of America- Racial Justice Working Group
Duluth Community Safety Initiative

Angel Dobrow is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Time: Aug 26, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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