Report on Feasibility and Implementation of a Pilot of Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland – PDF
Urban Strategies Council – June 2020
Author – Charles Eddy
The Oakland City Council included $40,000 in their 2019-2020 budget for Urban Strategies Council to research the feasibility of a CAHOOTS-like program in Oakland. The nine-month process engaged stakeholders and community members in research and community tables with participants bringing experience from: Anti-Police Terror Project, Berkeley Mental Health Commission, Block by Block Organizing Network, Brotherhood of Elders, Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency, Ceasefire, Coalition for Police Accountability, Copwatch, Department of Violence Prevention, Faith in Action, Family Violence Law Center, Frontline Healers, Homeless Advocacy Working Group, Homeless Action Center, Imani Church, Justice Teams Network, Neighbors for Racial Justice, North Oakland Restorative Justice, Qal’Bu Maryam Mosque, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Timelist, Youth Alive.
After a year of consultations with stakeholders including our most impacted community members, Urban Strategies provided a comprehensive analysis and recommendation of the contours of a pilot program in two Oakland areas, recommending a launch that will cost approximately $3.09 million.
Benefits to the City of the proposed pilot program include: a more appropriate, non-police response to non-violent/non-felony calls; a model unique to Oakland; a model that Improves OPD response time to urgent calls; a model based on community members helping their own communities; and, a program that can save the City money and lives.