Eugene Police and CAHOOTS Funding
Where can I find information about Eugene Police Department Funding?
Our online, interactive website that provides visualizations of the City of Eugene’s budget, 2018 to present:
- FY20 (July 2019 – June 2020) Adopted Police Budget
- FY21 (July 2020 – June 2021) Proposed Police Budget
Downloadable City of Eugene budget documents for the last two years, including Service (Public Safety) view and Department (Police) view sections for the Eugene Police Department.
Public safety services included within EPD’s budget include:
- Animal Services
- Call Taking and Dispatch
- Police Records Management and Analysis
- Police Department Administration
What is CAHOOTS?
CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) is a mobile crisis intervention program staffed by White Bird Clinic personnel using City of Eugene vehicles. This relationship has been in place for nearly 30 years and is well embedded in the community. CAHOOTS provides support for EPD personnel by taking on many of the social service type calls for service to include crisis counseling. CAHOOTS personnel often provide initial contact and transport for people who are intoxicated, mentally ill, or disoriented, as well as transport for necessary non-emergency medical care. CAHOOTS is dispatched on EPD’s service channel and calls are triaged through the Central Lane Communication Center. Each van is staffed with a medic (nurse or EMT) and an experienced crisis worker.
How does the City support CAHOOTS?
The City funds CAHOOTS through the Eugene Police Department. In FY18 (July 2017- June 2018) the contract budget for the CAHOOTS program was approximately $798,000 which funded 31 hours of service per day (this includes overlapping coverage), seven days a week. One van was on duty 24 hours a day and another provided overlap coverage 7 hours per day.
Over the last several years, the City has increased funding to add more hours of service. The FY20 (July 2019 – June 2020) budget included an additional $281,000 on a one-time basis to add 11 additional hours of coverage to the existing CAHOOTS contract. CAHOOTS was able to add 5 of the 11 hours of service to bridge an afternoon gap to maintain two-van coverage. The City carried over the funding for the 5-hour expansion through FY21 (July 2020 – June 2021).