Starting yesterday, the city’s Portland Street Response program covers the whole city. Here’s a screen capture of the official website:
This is a significant increase from the pilot program’s coverage area (here’s a map from Mar. 8). Thank you to all who have spoken up to get us this far.
However there are still some limitations:
- The coverage hours are only 8AM to 10PM.
Portland Fire & Rescue has requested additional money to provide round-the-clock coverage. City Council will vote on this in June, after reading the one year report on PSR, due out next month.
- The person in crisis must be outside, or in an indoors space that is public.
According to OPB, this “expansion is subject to bargaining with the union representing rank-and-file police officers.”
Here’s more news coverage: