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July 3, 2022

Co-response mental health clinician joins Shrewsbury Police Department

The Shrewsbury Police Department responded to nearly 1,000 mental health calls between 2017 to 2021. That marked a 38% increase from the previous five year period, according to Chief Kevin Anderson.

Enter Jessica Atwood, who is the department’s new jail diversion program co-response clinician.

June 22, 2022

Lowell Police Department Jail Diversion Clinicians Touch 78 Lives In Less Than a Year With Co-Response

Acting Superintendent Barry Golner and the Lowell Police Department report that Co-Response Jail Diversion Clinicians Courtney Motuzas and Mackenzie Dezieck have partnered with police officers to divert 78 people from arrest or involuntary emergency room visits since July 2021.

June 10, 2022

Advocates Co-Response Jail Diversion Team Attends National Co-Responder Conference

Members of Advocates Co-Response Jail Diversion team attended the third annual National Co-Responder Conference, also known as CoRCon, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina from June 6-8.

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.