GBH: Lexington Shooting Revives Calls for Mental Health Co-Response Models

Co-response programs pair officers with mental health professionals. (Photo: Advocates.org, Advocates operates operates pre-arrest Co-Response Programs in departments across Massachusetts.)

Co-response programs pair officers with mental health professionals. (Photo: Advocates.org, Advocates operates operates pre-arrest Co-Response Programs in departments across Massachusetts.)

Co-responder programs pair mental health professionals with law enforcement officers to respond to calls where interventions around mental health, behavioral health, or substance use might be needed. A recent shooting has brought these programs back to the forefront of local conversations. 

Dr. Sarah Abbott, director of the William James College Center for Crisis Response and Behavioral Healh and associate professor of Clinical Psychology, spoke with GBH News. 

The Center for Crisis Response, which launched this past fall and is the first practical training program housed within an academic institution, will train first responders and mental health professionals to safely and effectively respond to individuals experiencing a situational, substance use, or mental health-related crisis.

Read the article "Lexington shooting revives calls for mental health clinicians on 911 dispatches" on the GBH website.

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