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.
A recent episode of the Watertown Police Department's "Behind the Badge" spotlighted the Co-Response Jail Diversion program.
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.
Harvard police can now call on the assistance of a mental health professional 24/7 through the counseling organization Advocates, based in Framingham.
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!