CAHOOTS Extends Reach To More High Schools Starting This Fall

Jul 2, 2018

A mobile crisis counseling service is making itself available to more area high schools this fall. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

CAHOOTS van, with staff preparing to leave.
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CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) will hold weekly clinics for students in Thurston High School, Springfield High School and Gateways.  It’s an expansion of services already being provided at a handful of other schools in the Eugene-Springfield area.

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Ashley Barnhill-Hubbard is CAHOOT’s School Outreach Liaison. She says about a fourth of their calls are from youth and families in crisis, and her staff is open to tackling any physical or mental health issue.

“We can help with pretty much anything," Barnhill-Hubbard tells KLCC.  "We’re great creative problem solvers.  And we are really happy to help youth and families, and teachers and the staff that also do that work.”

The school clinics will consist of a crisis counselor and a medic for two hours a week. A 2017 report by Lane County Public Health says more than a third of high school juniors suffer from depression, and one in five have contemplated suicide.

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