Launched in 2018, the Advocates Co-Response Training and Technical Assistance Center (CR-TTAC) is the first and only hub for the Jail Diversion Co-Response Model in Massachusetts. In addition to helping expand Advocates' successful Co-Response model, the CR-TTAC is pleased to be offer Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) For Public Safety training, as well as several other trainings, to officers and clinicians from across Massachusetts.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for Public Safety
MHFA is an 8-hour evidence-based curriculum that can help officers better serve those in their community who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. MHFA was designed to help participants identify signs and symptoms of different mental health and substance use disorders so that they can connect those in crisis to appropriate treatment and community resources. Click here to meet our instructors and read course feedback.
*Please note: MHFA trainings are currently being held in person.
Module 1: Why Jail Diversion?
- Goals of Jail Diversion / Benefits of Jail Diversion
- Sequential Intercept Model
- Diverting from Hospital Emergency Rooms
- Mental Health and Jails
Module 2: Co-Response for Jail Diversion
- What is it? The Model explained
- Alternatives to Arrest
- Culture Change in Policing
- The JDP Intervention Process
Module 3: The Advocates Jail Diversion Model
- Three Main Components of Jail Diversion
- Officer-Clinician Partnership
- Co-Response / the Ride Along
- Embedded Clinician
- Hiring & Training
- Operations Meetings
Module 4: Real-World Co-Response
- Principles of de-escalation
- Protocols and Flow Charts
- Juvenile Runaway; Veterans; Hoarding; Elder Abuse and Neglect; Juvenile Abuse and Neglect; Death Notification; In-cell Assessment
Module 5: Measuring Outcomes
- Dispatch data
- Readiness Assessments
- Monthly Operations Meetings
- Outcomes: Success Story
- Ongoing Measurement