December 10, 2017 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Sunday, December 10th, 10am-1pm
Snacks provided
Childcare available upon request

Register to attend here: https://goo.gl/ugwZBA

Portland must put its money towards community care for mental health needs. Will you join Critical Resistance-PDX and the Mental Health Care, Not Policing! Coalition in demanding a city prioritization of quality user-led mental health services outside of the hands of law enforcement? We invite those directly impacted by policing, mental health users, and all who want to support Portland’s obligation to appropriate and community led responses. People deserve compassionate responses which best meet their needs and prioritize their well being. We know that when people have mental health needs, they deserve a mental health response.

More background:

Critical Resistance (CR-PDX) is developing a campaign to interrupt the use of police as mental health first re-sponders. We have seen that policing is unable to provide the professional and skilled care which is necessary for supporting the unique needs created by each individu-al’s experience with mental health. Lacking the ability to effectively respond, we have seen that policing often escalates everyday mental health needs and instances of crisis and can result in violence in our community. With police as first responders, mental health instances are often misunderstood or criminalized and can result in incarceration rather than effective support. We know that this ultimately does not safely return people to the community and creates more severe long term problems. It is crucial that Portland disrupt this pattern and put our resources in community care. CR Portland wants to impact protocol and funding of mental health crisis services and we’d like to start pull-ing together organizations and individuals who could be partners or stake holders in this campaign. This includes social service providers, mental health service users, communities targeted by the police, and other racial and economic justice organizations. We are asking people like you who have valuable knowledge and first hand experiences to get involved with this campaign.

Will you join CR-PDX in demanding a city prioritization of quality user-led mental health services that are community-based and outside the hands of low enforcement?

We invite those directly impacted by policing, mental health users, and all who want to decrease Portland’s reliance on policing to attend. Organizations and individuals who are involved in anti-policing, mental health, or social service work in Portland, join us as partners in this effort and share your ideas at this campaign meeting!

For those who are new, not to worry–you will have the opportunity to be brought up to speed on the work happening so far, and ways to both plug into it and to generate new work areas.

Please let us know if you will be needing childcare or have specific dietary needs.