On Wednesday August 26, 2020, the City of Framingham held a live Community Mental Health Seminar. Katelyn Dehey, LMHC, Manager of the Co-Response Training and Technical Assistance Center, Officer Jay Ball of the Framingham Police Department, and Bonnie Cuccaro, MA, Co-Response Supervisor led the seminar. They spoke about their collaboration in not only the Co-Response Jail Diversion Model, but also in teaching Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety to police across the Commonwealth. Additionally, they talked about how to identify signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to help someone in a mental health crisis, and what mental health resources are available to the residents of Framingham.
This program was sponsored by the City of Framingham, Framingham Health Department, Office of the Mayor, City Council, Framingham Public Schools, Advocates Inc., Framingham Police Department, Senate President Karen Spilka, State Representatives Maria Robinson, Jack Lewis, and Carmine Gentile.