CAC Meeting Reminder
JULY 7, 2021
Dear Community Partners,
This message is to remind you about the Community Advisory Council’s (CAC’s) July 12 meeting about crisis intervention which will start at 6:00 pm. 

The Santa Rosa Police Department is leading the local Sonoma County effort to pursue a program that would dispatch unarmed personnel trained in nonviolent interventions to such calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The program is based on the CAHOOTS model, which stands for Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets which has been in place for more than three decades in Eugene, Oregon. The program would pair a licensed mental health clinician from a local nonprofit with a nurse or EMT to help individuals who are chronically without shelter, or struggling with mental health or substance dependence issues in the county’s largest city. Read more by clicking here; and click here to read IOLERO’s March Spotlight feature on Sonoma County’s efforts for a CAHOOTS-inspired program.

This meeting will take place virtually on July 12th at 6:00 pm. Please see below to learn more about the panelists.

The CAC's guests include:
Mary-Frances Walsh
Mary-Frances Walsh is the Executive Director at NAMI Sonoma County (National Alliance on Mental Illness), a nonprofit organization of families, friends, and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness.
Tom Schwedhelm
Tom Schwedhelm, Santa Rosa City Council Member, Former Mayor of Santa Rosa.
Bill Carter
Bill Carter, LCSW, has been serving as the Division Director of Sonoma County's Behavioral Health Division since November 2018. Mr. Carter has a wealth of experience and is recognized as a statewide expert in the mental health field.
John Cregan
John Cregan has 22 years of law enforcement experience and serves as a Police Captain with the Santa Rosa Police Department. 

Captain Cregan serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and is passionate about creating long-term solutions to help police officers better serve those suffering from mental illness in our communities. He is leading the effort to reimagine the City of Santa Rosa’s mental health response model. 

Captain Cregan holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a master’s degree in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership.
Scott Westrope
Chief Scott Westrope was selected as Santa Rosa's Fire Chief on March 14, 2021.
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