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March 10, 2022

Stow Police Department Announces Start of Jail Diversion Program

STOW – Chief Michael Sallese is pleased to announce that the Stow Police Department is partnering with the Harvard Police Department and Advocates to begin a Jail Diversion Program, which will connect those with mental-health or substance misuse issues to needed services.

February 17, 2022

Co-Response Jail Diversion featured on "Behind the Badge"

A recent episode of the Watertown Police Department's "Behind the Badge" spotlighted the Co-Response Jail Diversion program.

February 16, 2022

Lexington shooting revives calls for mental health clinicians on 911 dispatches

Almost 20 years ago, the Framingham Police Department adopted one of the state’s first models for dealing with mental health 911 crisis calls by inviting professional behavioral clinicians to join police officers when they respond to the scene. The "co-response" model has gotten support of mental health advocates, police chiefs and clinicians — and it’s gaining traction across Massachusetts. 

February 11, 2022

Mental health clinician to support police response to crisis calls

Harvard police can now call on the assistance of a mental health professional 24/7 through the counseling organization Advocates, based in Framingham.

December 20, 2021

Co-Response Team Participates in 6th Annual "Shop with a Cop"

Members of our Co-Response Jail Diversion team joined local police to spread holiday cheer at the 6th Annual "Shop with a Cop" event last week. More than 370 children picked out special holiday gifts!