An alternative to police: Mental health team responds to emergencies in Oregon

When a mental health-related 911 call comes in, a specialized team in Eugene, Oregon, rolls out. “Pretty much everybody we see is for one reason or another is in a state of crisis,” said Manning Walker. Walker is a medic and Laurel Lisovskis is a mental health crisis manager. The pair are members of a mobile mental health crisis intervention team called CAHOOTS, which stands for Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets. They answer calls like suicide interventions and overdoses. They’re unarmed and most of the time, without police backup.