Meet a member of our team each month
Over the past few months, through COVID Corner, we shared reflections that offered a sense of who some of our team members are and how they are coping with doing this work in a pandemic. Now, we would like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the Advocates JDP team.
To provide a meaningful introduction, we created some guiding questions for staff to answer. This month, we are introducing you to Taylor Hayden, MA. Taylor is the Co-Response Jail Diversion Clinician for Hudson and Sudbury.
Meet Taylor Hayden:
What brought you to your role at Advocates?
I first learned about the Jail Diversion co-response model from a police partner who spoke highly of the program. After meeting with members of the leadership team and hearing their enthusiasm, I knew I wanted to be a part of establishing a co-response model for my current departments. After previously working in a behavioral health setting, my hope was to meet with individuals in crisis in a real-time capacity.
What is challenging about your job?
The most challenging aspect of my job has been managing unpredictable scenarios. No two days are the same and the role often requires a fast pace. Although challenging, this is what makes the job so interesting and rewarding.
What encourages you to stay in your position?
Working as a co-response clinician allows a unique opportunity to provide empathetic support to individuals in the midst of crisis situations. The role is rewarding and offers a sense of fulfilment. I feel fortunate to work alongside police who see the value in providing clinical support for members of the community.