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Commissioner Hardesty Proposes Expansion Of Street Response Team

(Portland, OR) -- Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty wants to expand the Street Response Team to operate city wide. Hardesty is asking city council to approve an additional one-million dollars to expand operations to seven days a week and 19 hours a day. The team includes a firefighter paramedic, a mental health counselor, and a peer support responder. They handle calls involving homeless people and people who are suffering a mental health crisis. A study released this week from Portland State University found during its first six months the Street Response Team was meeting its goals.

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