Co-Response Jail Diversion Program Trainings

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.

Click to view training calendars:   May | June

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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

For Police by Police Information Session

This information session is for police only and is an opportunity for departments interested in Co-Response to hear from departments who have had Co-Response Clinicians with Advocates about the pros, cons, and how the model has helped them and their departments.

Clinician Open Forum

Join members of the Advocates Co-Response JDP leadership team for an open forum discussion about any and all things co-response. Bring ideas about what your program looks like, questions about how to effectively embed into a department, or concerns about difficult cases you have encountered. Each session will be 1.5 hours long, and broken down by years of experience.

HIPAA for Law Enforcement & Public Safety Professionals

This training will go over what HIPAA means, who it applies to, and what is covered under HIPAA.  Attendees will learn about what happens when HIPAA is breached and what type of enforcements are in place, as well as what constitutes protected information while working as a Co-Response clinician within a Law Enforcement agency.

Section 12/Section 18A/Section 35

Designed for both clinicians and police, this training delves into three of the primary MGL Sections that are encountered by police and Co-Response clinicians. We will break down each Section (12, 18A, 35), what it entails, how to complete one, and when it is appropriate to do so.