To address the reallocation of tasks and responsibilities of police officers regarding mental health crises in recent years, a variety of response programs have been employed and investigated. Such programs like Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) and Co-Response Teams (CRT) have been examined in prior literature. However, the current study aimed to examine programs utilizing a third approach: the Community Response Program (CPR) method as utilized by CAHOOTS in Springfield and Eugene, Oregon. These teams differ from the two previous methods as they do not rely on police officer intervention as part of their default approach when responding to crisis calls. A total of nine programs across the US utilizing this approach were identified and a content analysis was conducted in order to compare the descriptions and information available of each program website. Overall, there were inconsistencies regarding access and transparency of information of the team compositions, the target populations served, data recorded, and clarity of program goals. Further research regarding this approach may result in a more consistent baseline or reference for CRPs that may increase subject success rates and positive outcomes after interventions.

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Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

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Misty Weitzel

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Terry Gingerich

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Taryn VanderPyl


Crisis intervention team, co-response team, community-based response, community response program, crisis response program, crisis response unit, crisis intervention methods



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