DRO testimony in support of citywide pilot of Portland Street Response

Reliance on police to respond to non-criminal concerns is misguided

Disability Rights Oregon submitted written testimony to Portland City Council in support of launching citywide pilot programs of Portland Street Response for a June 17, 2020 hearing.

As the Portland City Council considers how it should budget for policing, social supports, mental health intervention, and other budget priorities, we would press strongly for greater resources for mental health care, housing, and supports for people with disabilities. Policies that increase police contacts with people in crisis and that inappropriately send armed law enforcement officers to respond to a social service need increase the likelihood of police violence, arrest, disruption in housing and social supports, and exacerbate the underlying, unmet needs of the community.