Arlington Police Department

Police-mental health collaboration (PMHC) programs support law enforcement agencies around the country in planning and implementing effective public safety responses to people who have mental illnesses.

At A Glance

Total number of agency personnel:
84
Sworn: 65
Civilian: 19

Total population served:
43,000

Jurisdiction:
Arlington, Massachusetts

Program Highlights

  • Serves a suburban jurisdiction in close proximity to two urban centers
  • Features a co-response program and targeted initiatives, spearheaded by a mental health clinician embedded in the police department, which includes the Jail Diversion Program, Hoarding Response Team, Elder Abuse Prevention Task Force, and Arlington Opiate Outreach Initiative
  • Uses strong community partnerships to facilitate cross-sector case management
  • Provides multi-modality training, which includes instruction in:
    • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for all officers
    • Trauma-informed care
    • Youth development/brain development
    • Context-specific crisis management and intervention techniques
    • Signs and symptoms of mental illness
    • Signs and symptoms of overdose
    • Narcan (deployment and distribution training)
    • Common psychiatric medications and usage
    • Suicide risk and prevention
    • Relevant laws and statutes
  • Collects and analyses data comprehensively in a system that allows for specialized clinician access
One Mind Campaign Acknowledges Arlington Police Department
Police-mental health collaboration (PMHC) programs support law enforcement agencies around the country in planning and implementing effective public safety responses to people who have mental illnesses.

Contact

Richard Flynn
Captain
112 Mystic Street
Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 316-3907
rflynn@town.arlington.ma.us

Rebecca Wolfe M.Ed.
Clinical Responder/Jail Diversion Program
112 Mystic Street
Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 316-3947
rwolfe@town.arlington.ma.us

Website: Arlington Police Department