OAKRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND STAFF, HOOTS IS AVAILABLE TO YOU DURING THE SCHOOL CLOSURE
In light of school closures due to COVID-19 HOOTS (Helping Out Our Teens in Schools) will be offering mental health support by phone for students, families and staff of high schools in the 4J, Springfield, Bethel and Oakridge school districts. HOOTS is primarily staffed by and born from the work that the CAHOOTS mobile crisis response program provides the Eugene/Springfield community. HOOTS normally operates weekly clinics at high-schools in our community, each staffed with a crisis counselor and medic.
This phone line will be accessible from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday, beginning Monday March 16th and continuing until schools are able to reopen. Staff are able to provide short term counseling, resource referrals and OHP sign up. We understand that this is a time of heightened anxiety for our community and that we are all in need of additional reassurance and support. Many social services in the area are working on providing services over the phone or via virtual platforms. Please reach out to your ongoing providers to find out if this is something available to you.