The Town of Chelmsford serves its estimated 33,000 residents through partnerships among the Board of Health, Police Department, and Fire Department to provide Substance Use Prevention Education to residents of all ages which began over ten years ago. Rather than reacting to situations when they occur, we will continue to approach all health concerns by emphasizing education and prevention.
In 2018, there were 29 reported Opiate Overdoses in Chelmsford along with two fatalities. As of December 2019, there were 30 reported opiate overdoses with two fatalities. *This data does not include Chelmsford residents who overdosed in other towns and if the overdose was not reported to EMS services.
The Town of Chelmsford takes part in a Regional Police Mental Health Collaborative (PMHC) along with the towns of Tewksbury, Dracut, Billerica, and Tyngsboro. The PMHC provides a holistic approach to working with community members who live with mental health and substance use disorders who engage with law enforcement. There are four major pillars in this approach: Prevention, Crisis Intervention, Recovery, and Education. As part of this holistic work between law enforcement and behavioral health this includes a Co-Response clinician as part of a Jail Diversion Program. This is a pre-arraignment diversion program that seeks to divert those in crisis with mental health or substance use issues away from criminal custody and into appropriate clinical levels of care. The clinician is able to offer emergency psychiatric crisis services in the field and provides ongoing post-crisis support including: linkages to outpatient therapy, recovery coaching services, short-term therapy services, assistance with treatment transportation, and linkage to a medication prescriber.
During 2019, Chelmsford has had 298 referrals for the Jail Diversion Program which equates to $328,000 in savings; $228,000 in Emergency Department diversions and $100,000 in Custody diversions.
Please contact Amanda Glaser or Jen Melanson if you or a loved one is in need of services:
Substance Abuse Services, Health Educator, Amanda Glaser
(978) 250-5241 / email@example.com
Community Services: Community Services Coordinator, Jen Melanson
(978) 770-7687 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Response Community Clinician: Rachel Beers, LCSW
(978) 957-2123, ext. 2017
PAARI Recovery Coach: Leanne Maniscalco
(978) 226-3795 / email@example.com
Domestic Violence Advocate Officer: Detective Brian
(978) 256-2521 firstname.lastname@example.org
Police Mental Health Collaborative (PMHC): Executive Director, Matthew CW Page-Shelton
(978) 851-7373 X: 353 / email@example.com
INTERFACE Referral Service:
The William James INTERFACE Referral Service is a FREE mental health and wellness referral Helpline available Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm, at 888-244-6843 (toll free). This is a free, confidential referral service for individuals across the lifespan living in Chelmsford. Callers are matched with licensed mental health providers from our extensive database, on average, within 2 weeks of their call to INTERFACE. Each referral best meets the location, insurance, and specialty needs of the caller. Since the service started in 2011, over 700 Chelmsford residents utilized it
Medical Sharps Disposal: This program will provide a means for proper disposal of Medical Sharps for Chelmsford residents ONLY. (NO BUSINESS, MEDICAL OFFICE OR COMMERCIAL DSPOSAL ONLY).
- Pre-registration: Please call the BOH office (978) 250-5241 to pre-register (*please note, you only need to register once)
- Use of Proper Containers: The Chelmsford Board of Health is ONLY accepting medical sharps containers or coffee cans
Unwanted Medication Disposal Kiosk
Chelmsford Police Department
(2 Olde North Road, Chelmsford, MA (978) 256-2521)
This box allows for anonymous disposal of prescription medicines 24/7. Medication must be in a secured zip-locked baggie no larger than two slices of bread.
For additional information on services provided by the Town of Chelmsford, please click on the following links: