Mental Health Outreach
As part of the Community Relations Unit, the Cambridge Police Department also has two officers assigned to mental health outreach. Officer Medeiros and Officer Mahoney follow-up with identified individuals and offer case management services. The goal of case management is to understand what triggered a possible disturbance and connect the individual to community based supports to reduce the likelihood of crisis in the future. The officers are also responsible for building relationships with service providers and stakeholders throughout the city, which include Vinfen, Riverside, Cambridge Health Alliance Affiliated Hospitals, Department of Mental Health, National Alliance on Mental Illness Cambridge-Middlesex Chapter, Cambridge & Somerville Emergency Services Advisory Board, and the Cambridge & Somerville Emergency Services Team. They also provide important training to the department: Officer Medeiros trains new recruits on mental health first aid (every existing officer has received the training), while Officer Mahoney teaches officers Management of Aggressive Behavior. The two officers and Sergeant Cabral also work very closely with the Recovery Session at the Cambridge District Court.
To supplement this work, the Cambridge Police Department has taken the initiative to provide extensive, certified training for its officers through a regional Crisis Intervention Team Training and Technical Assistance Center (CIT-TTAC). The center is facilitated through a partnership between CPD and NAMI Mass. The 40-hour CIT training program offers technical assistance on effective strategies for best engaging with persons who have mental illness, diverting them from the criminal justice system and into treatment when that is a safe and appropriate option. Presently, nearly one third of the officers within the Cambridge Police Department have received CIT training (every officer in the Community Relations Unit has completed this training) and the goal is to train the entire department on this training.
For more information on the CIT training, please read the following Cambridge Chronicle article.
To contact Officers Medeiros or Mahoney, or for more information on our Mental Health Outreach, please call our Community Relations Unit at 617-349-3236.
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