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Jail Diverson Program
The Westborough Police Department would like to welcome, Carly McKenna as the WPD Jail Diversion Program (JDP) Clinician. Carly McKenna, LCSW (Licensed Certified Social Worker) works for Advocates Co-Response Jail Diversion Program, responding to calls in Westborough, Northborough, & Southborough and assisting with various social issues in those communities.
Advocates launched the first Pre-Arrest Co-Responder Jail Diversion Program (JDP) in Massachusetts in 2003 at the Framingham Police Department. Since then, Advocates has replicated the co-response model in fifteen cities/towns throughout the Commonwealth. The JDP provides an extensive collaboration between master level clinicians and the patrol division which affords police officers the opportunity to deliver rapid mental health services to those they encounter. By providing treatment-based alternatives, clinicians can facilitate arrest diversions on the scene and in the moment. On average, 75% of individuals presenting with criminal behavior are diverted from arrest and into appropriate treatment (Abbott, 2020).
The JDP Clinician rides alongside our patrol officers responding to calls for citizens in crisis. They often have the ability to deescalate stressful situations while recommending an array of short term and long term services.
Interface Referral Service
Interface Referral Service, a program of William James College is a free, confidential referral service that connects Westborough residents with outpatient mental health providers, such as therapists, groups and psychiatrists, including those offering telehealth (video-based) services. Interface helpline counselors speak multiple languages. Call 888-244-6843, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM The Interface website also includes a COVID-19 Resource Page with information and links related to mental health, interpersonal safety, parenting and more.
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