Rowley, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, and Newbury Police Departments Begin Behavioral Health Training

For immediate release

Rowley – The Police Chiefs of Rowley, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland and Newbury are pleased to report the success of the first round of behavioral health training pursuant to the five newly funded Component Prison Transformation Programme.

Rowley, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, and Newbury have secured funding through the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health’s Prison Arrest/Prison Arrest Grant program to hire a prison conversion clinic to work collaboratively with each of its five police departments and to offer increased behavioral health training to members of each of the five partner agencies.

The first round of 22 trainees from the five partner agencies successfully completed training on Tuesday 22nd November and are now certified in Mental Health First Aid.

This critical exercise includes: Overviews of common mental health and substance use disorders. how to recognize common risk factors and warning signs; crisis diffusion and follow-up tactics; affirmation and reassurance tactics; and how to encourage appropriate help.

Training is used to: increase the safety of citizens and officers; increasing the services available to community members; reduce unnecessary arrests; reduce undue pressure on the emergency services system; and successfully transfer behavioral health patients to therapy or contact services as needed.



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