It gives me a chance to open up and talk to other people that have the same “problem/issues” as myself, without feeling like I am being judged.
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.