13 recommendations for Eugene’s alternative system instead of armed police response


January 21, 2023

CAHOOTS clinical coordinator Kate Gillespie stands in one of the vans used to respond to calls in Eugene.
Consultants recommended Eugene make 13 changes to the city’s system for sending alternatives to armed police response, including three they say officials should prioritize for quick action.

The city’s alternative response system, including a partnership with White Bird Clinic’s nationally lauded CAHOOTS program, is an example of best practices in many ways but faces challenges, said Michelle Weinzetl, a law enforcement consultant with Berry Dunn based in Maine.