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July 16, 2020

Natick Police Highlight Co-Response Jail Diversion Program

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Jail Diversion Program (JDP) Clinician, we'd like to introduce Sonja Wagner. She’s been a team member for just over a year and she has quickly become an invaluable asset to us and the entire Natick Community. She works for Advocates, Inc. but is embedded full-time with us at the Natick PD.

July 8, 2020

Co-Response Featured in a Podcast

On July 8, 2020, our Program Director Dr. Sarah Abbott, our Watertown Co-Response Clinician Melissa Duarte, and member of our Board of Directors Chief Craig Davis had the opportunity to speak about the Advocates Co-Response Model with Ryan Bloxham in his podcast Political Intercourse.

July 6, 2020

Westborough Police Highlight Advocates Co-Response Clinician Christina Fitton, LCSW

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Jail Diversion Program (JDP) Clinician, I’d like you to meet Christina Fitton, LCSW (Licensed Certifi

June 27, 2020

Amid calls for police reform, better training needed to handle mental health emergencies: Experts

Dr. Jennifer Skeem, a professor of psychology at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, who has researched police mental health reforms, agreed and said this stems from the general stigma against mental illness in the country.

Activists in Worcester want the city to reduce police funding. New proposals would use some police funding for social services.
June 23, 2020

Worcester Looks To Framingham For Ideas Amid Defund Police Debate

WORCESTER, MA — Amid a major push to cut funding for Worcester police, city officials are considering new efforts to boost public safety by hiring social workers — a cue taken from a program implemented in Framingham almost 20 years ago.