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Franklin/Medway Co-response Clinician Kallie Montagano, MA
January 29, 2020

Nearly $300k saved last year through Franklin/Medway Police Jail Diversion Program

FRANKLIN – Nearly $300,000 in criminal justice and health care was saved last year due to the presence of a clinician on-scene during Franklin and Medway police calls, and 97% of those who were eligible for arrest diversion were diverted from arrest, according to a recently released report.

December 9, 2019

Massachusetts Is Trying a Radical But Shockingly Simple New Response to the Opioid Crisis

Massachusetts is changing how to better respond to and support individuals with substance use disorders. The Advocates co-responder jail diversion model is helping to equip police departments to assist, rather than arrest, and connect people experiencing mental health or substance-related crisis to the resources they need. Read this recent Mothers Jones article to learn more.

November 19, 2019

New Jail Diversion Program Garnering Success in Boroughs

Many times when law enforcement answers a call, it is not a straightforward situation. There may be stressful family dynamics or a person with an emotional, mental health or substance abuse issue at play.

September 27, 2019

Community Conversation on Mental Health Services Available in Framingham

Mayor Spicer held the conversation in order to help erase the stigma surrounding mental health, but also to make the public aware of the resources at their fingertips they may not have known about.

September 27, 2019

Forum examines mental health care in Framingham, battling stigma in schools

Combatting stigma against mental illness (and teaching it young), statistics about Framingham residents feeling depressed and how the city can help its underserved was discussed by a panel of mental and public health professionals Thursday night during a Community Conversation, hosted by Mayor Yvonne Spicer.