Aspire Health Alliance Co-Responder Program: Aspire Health Alliance clinicians are embedded within five
area South Shore police departments, including Weymouth, Quincy, Milton, Hingham and Braintree, to work with officers to respond together for calls where mental health is an issue. The goal is to help divert those experiencing mental health issues away from the criminal justice system and needless Emergency Department visits and gear them towards intervention through treatment organizations. Co-Responders also support first responders when they are on calls with residents experiencing mental health issues. Funding, in part, comes from the
Department of Mental Health.
Technical Training and Assistance Center: In conjunction with NAMI’s “One Mind Campaign” and funding through the Department of Mental Health, Aspire Health Alliance and the Braintree Police Department have established a Technical Training and Assistance Center (TTAC). The TTAC provides training to South Shore area police departments in the areas of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). MHFA educatesofficers on various mental health disorders and potential crisis situations, along with a five step intervention procedure. CIT provides area resources and also trains officers on handling situations with people experiencing a mental health crisis or disorder.