“David” an 8 year old boy with classic Autism, came to us after being removed from his home by DCF. He was non-verbal, using grunting sounds and pointing or acting out to communicate his thoughts and feelings. He had an intense fear of going outside and making transitions to new places was overwhelming for him. His academic skills were extremely low and he was not getting any real educational services due to the upheaval in his life. HCRS staff immediately began to identify the services he would need to progress and grow. A shared living provider was found who has given him a wonderful family environment to live and grow in. David now goes to school for the whole day. He is using his words more than ever and instead of pulling on someone or grunting or pointing, he is prompted to use requests like “ Can I use the computer, please,” without being told.
Police Social Work Program
Creating partnerships between law enforcement and social services
The HCRS Police Social Work program was created in 2002 in response to needs expressed by the Bellows Falls community. It has been recognized by the legislature, Agency of Human Services, and NAMI-VT as a model program and has been replicated throughout the State.
The Police Social Work program is a collaboration between HCRS and the Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, Springfield, and Windsor police departments. HCRS staff are embedded in the police department and provide the following services:
- Mobile outreach and response to critical incidents
- Screening and assessment for mental health, substance abuse, and social service needs
- De-escalation and early intervention
- Case management and service coordination with community resources
The team seeks to intervene as pro-actively as possible to avoid client involvement with the criminal justice system, to interrupt the cycle of serious family, personal, and criminal problems, and to support positive behavior change.
For more information, please contact one of our Police Social Work Program’s Community Support Specialists at (802) 886-4500.