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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.

February 17, 2022

Co-Response Jail Diversion featured on "Behind the Badge"

A recent episode of the Watertown Police Department's "Behind the Badge" spotlighted the Co-Response Jail Diversion program.

February 16, 2022

Lexington shooting revives calls for mental health clinicians on 911 dispatches

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.