Tewksbury PD welcomes new co-responder

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Tewksbury PD welcomes new co-responder

The Tewksbury Police Department announced on February 9, 2024 that Amanda Grant has taken over as co-response physician in the Behavioral Health Unit Police Collaborative. The Grant Behavioral Health Unit will respond to mental health emergencies and crises with Tewksbury Police as part of the police collaboration. (Courtesy Behavioral Health Unit)

Tewksbury – The Tewksbury Police Department recently welcomed a new co-response mental health therapist to the Behavioral Health Unit Police Collaborative.

In her role, Amanda Grant will work with Tewksbury Police to respond to mental health emergencies and crises, and work with individuals following a crisis to ensure they have access to appropriate services.

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“I have family members in the police profession, so the opportunity to collaborate with dedicated and hard-working law enforcement professionals is a privilege I am very excited about,” Grant said.

Grant, who grew up in West Roxbury, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UMass Boston and a master’s degree in psychology from William James College.

According to police, Grant will replace a former co-responder paramedic who recently left the unit. She will primarily work with the Tewksbury Police Department.

The Behavioral Health Unit Police Collaborative, funded by a grant from the state Department of Mental Health, provides member departments access to a co-responder therapist who can respond to proactive calls for service, and follow up with individuals after a crisis. Is. Clinicians can also make referrals to community-based services, such as non-acute level care and case management.

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Fully embedded within each department, the program provides a trauma-informed, highly trained co-response therapist to individuals experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis, police said.

Since 2016, the Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Tewksbury and Tyngsboro police departments have worked to create a regional mental health collaborative, aimed at diverting individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders from the criminal justice system or emergency rooms. To prevent the medium from being processed unnecessarily.

In addition to on-scene responses, therapists are available 24/7 to police for mental health counseling, and to community members for follow-up with police.

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