As we continue moving through our collective life in the Covid-19 pandemic, we at Advocates Co-Response Training and Technical Assistance Center (CR-TTAC) have worked with our partners to offer care while also being members of our shared communities.
Over the past few months, we have been highlighting reflections from members of our clinical staff who share what they have been learning, offering, receiving, and thinking about as they engage this work in challenging circumstances. In this issue, our final month of Covid reflections - Jenelle Main - Assistant Program Director, Jail Diversion - shares her thoughts in response to two of the three guiding questions we offered.
What has been most life-giving?
As the Assistant Program Director, what has been most life-giving to me during this pandemic is seeing the amazing work my team, partnered with law enforcement, continued to engage in during such challenging times. When the world shut down, our police partners requested our co-response clinicians continue to respond alongside them during these unprecedented times. It was clear that our team felt similarly, as our co-response clinicians continued to show up for work every day, during less than ideal work conditions (risk of getting Covid, and donning facemasks, shields, gloves, etc.), knowing our police partners and community members wanted and needed our help. For me, this truly demonstrated the value and effectiveness of this program and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this amazing team.
What have you been learning through engaging this work during a pandemic?
I’ve learned that our team and police partners are beyond passionate and dedicated to helping those in need, as well as resilient and adaptable during extremely challenging times.