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Montana Free Press

Johnathan Hettinger

3 August 2020

Sweet Grass County, Montana, United States

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A partnership between Montana State University and Seattle-based Waypoint Health Innovations is helping bring virtual mental health services to rural communities in Montana. Although the program has only been in resea...

WAVE-TV

David Mattingly

28 July 2020

Alexandria, Kentucky, United States

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Alexandria, Kentucky's 17-officer police department avoided the expense of hiring more police officers by adding two social workers to assist police in responding to the types of calls that can often turn into repeat ...

The Marshall Project

Christie Thompson

24 July 2020

Olympia, Washington, United States

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Since April 2019, Olympia’s Crisis Response Unit has sent civilian first-responders instead of police officers to hundreds of “quality of life” calls such as a mental health crisis or problems related to addiction or ...

Santa Cruz Local

Stephen Baxter

15 July 2020

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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The city of Santa Cruz is considering adopting a crisis-intervention strategy used in Eugene, Oregon, after two fatal police shootings of people suffering a mental health crises prompted questions about how an alterna...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Jean Hopfensperger

6 July 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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In Minnesota, volunteer chaplains are attending community events at the request of the participants to provide counsel and support to anyone who may be experiencing symptoms of trauma. Before attending any event to le...

CNN

Scottie Andrew

5 July 2020

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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The CAHOOTS crisis-response program saves its city money and its people living on the streets a great deal of unwanted police contact – contact that in other places is a common cause of excessive force and arrests tha...

Afro News

Alexis Taylor

3 July 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Two programs targeting two types of problems have been successful with one common element: interventions that provide needed social services rather than rely only on police responses. In Baltimore, shootings and homic...

Concord Monitor

Jordyn Haime

1 July 2020

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

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The Adverse Childhood Experience Response Team sends family and crisis services advocates with police officers on home visits to offer families trauma-informed services after police have responded to an earlier emerge...

USA Today

Lindsay Schnell

22 June 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Less than one month into its use of a crisis intervention team to handle mental health calls in place of the police, Denver’s one-year STAR pilot project has been flooded with calls and already has achieved success in...

High Country News

Anna V. Smith

11 June 2020

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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CAHOOTS, the 31-year-old program considered a model for the growing number of community-based crisis programs, fielded more than 24,000 calls in 2019, less than 1% of which required police involvement. The program's u...

LAist

Carla Javier

13 May 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The Los Angeles Unified school district has shifted how it’s helping to support students’ mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. By opening up a mental health hotline, they are able to connect students and their ...

KALW

Sarah Lai Stirland

4 May 2020

Silicon Valley, California, United States

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A podcast designed and hosted by a Silicon Valley teenager has provided a place for local youth to share their struggles and combat loneliness. Although the podcast doesn't replace the work of actual counselors, it ha...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

3 May 2020

Kearns, Utah, United States

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The Kearns Community Coalition in Utah is a collective community effort that aims to "help adults improve their parenting skills, help teens understand the harmful effects of substance use, and increase opportunities ...

Richland Source

Katie Ellington

21 April 2020

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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To better address the increased likelihood of people experiencing stress and anxiety due to the coronavirus pandemic, Richland County mental health providers have launched a hotline for children and families to call f...

WHYY

Maiken Scott

22 March 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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As counseling and therapy sessions increasingly move online in order to comply with national stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic, a group of mental healthcare professionals in Philadelphia are offering...

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Rachel Rippetoe

21 January 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Guns Down Life Up intervenes immediately after incidents of gun violence to prevent retaliation, but then goes further to counsel at-risk youth and to provide victim counseling to help families in the wake of violence...

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Kara Leigh Lofton

13 January 2020

Clay, West Virginia, United States

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A town in West Virginia was lacking resources for mental health care, so high school juniors were tapped to fill the need. Learning skills such as how to use naloxone to in an overdose situation to asking open-ended q...

KXAN-TV

Tom Miller

25 November 2019

Bloomington, Illinois, United States

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A company called Gaggle works with school districts to screen their software and electronics for messages and text that are cause for concern – including threats against others, sexual content, or mentions of suicide ...

Transitions Online

Hanna Liubakova

25 November 2019

Minsk, Belarus

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The Minsk-based organization Radislava runs a house for women and children who have experienced domestic abuse. In a culture and a country that have yet to protect survivors of abuse, this house runs on privacy and an...

Side Effects Public Media

Carter Barrett

8 November 2019

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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Overdose Lifeline is an organization in Indianapolis, Indiana that is using boxing classes as support groups for those struggling with grief. After noticing a pattern of anger in those the organization aimed to help, ...

CALmatters

Laurel Rosenhall

Brian Howey

7 November 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In the past decade, Seattle has reduced their use of force by 60 percent. Spurred by a court order, the reduction comes from greater de-escalation training, stricter, more nuanced policies, and more collaboration betw...

CALmatters

Laurel Rosenhall

26 October 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle has taken a comprehensive approach to police reform, including forming a community police commission, the development of policies on appropriate weapon use, more oversight on police force, and the creation of ...

CBS News

Omar Villafranca

23 October 2019

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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In Eugene, Oregon, the Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets (CAHOOTS) initiative is providing a police-free response to mental health crises in the community. The mobile mental health unit responds to calls in...

Pioneers Post

Anna Patton

18 October 2019

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Based out of the city of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, a live radio show is tackling the stigma around mental health care by combining their platform with those in the mental health care field. Not only does the radio show...

Kaiser Health News

LJ Dawson

11 October 2019

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Eugene, Oregon’s Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets (CAHOOTS) program provides specialists in response to mental health-related calls instead of police. The 30-year-old program partners with nonprofits, law ...

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