Behavioral Health Unit Collaboration
The town of Tewksbury serves its 31,342 residents through various services which include the Behavioral Health Unit.
The Behavioral Health Unit, in collaboration with the Tewksbury Police Department, is committed to serving those who are most vulnerable: individuals with serious mental illness, substance use disorder, and other high-risk populations. The core values of the program include respect for individual’s needs and preferences; a commitment to serve individuals regardless of their needs, resistance, and presentation; increased access to service; value for individual natural support systems; and promoting needed services. The Behavioral Health Unit also houses the Middlesex County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trainings for law enforcement across Middlesex County. CIT training helps shape social change by educating first responders on signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance use disorder. ” In over 2,700 communities nationwide, CIT programs create connections between law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency services and individuals with mental illness and their families. Through collaborative community partnerships and intensive training, CIT improves communication, identifies mental health resources for those in crisis and ensures officer and community safety” (https://www.nami.org/Advocacy/Crisis-Intervention/Crisis-Intervention-Team-(CIT)-Programs )”
For further information call:
Community Line: 978-215-9642
- Clinical Division Program Manager: Kelly Fineran, LMHC 978-215-9642 email@example.com C: 978-770-5063
- Co-Response Clinician: CK Knowles, 978-640-4385, ext. 219 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Substance Use Disorder Prevention: Maria Ruggiero, Certified Prevention Specialist, 978-640-4385, ext. 352, email@example.com
Middlesex County CIT- TTAC: Wilson Paul, Program Manager 978-409-7349 Wpaul@tewksbury-ma.gov
Prevention Partners of Northern Middlesex (PPNM)
The Town of Tewksbury is a part of the Prevention Partners of Northern Middlesex (PPNM). The Prevention Partners of Northern Middlesex (PPNM) is a collaboration of eight communities who work closely together to help reduce substance misuse with specific intentions for youth under the age of 18. Each community is a part of MassCALL3-Greater Lowell (MC3-GL. The Massachusetts Collaborative for Action, Leadership, and Learning 3 (MassCALL3) grant initiative is a grant cycle that builds upon successes of previous prevention efforts and concentrates on substances of first use (alcohol, cannabis, and nicotine) through a trauma-informed health equity lens in our youth. Referred to as MassCall3, these efforts involve these eight communities, with the Town of Tewksbury being the lead.
If any questions or inquiries pertaining to PPNM or MC3-GL, please contact Prevention Program Manager, Maria Ruggiero at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Narcan Training and Distribution: Maria Ruggiero, 978-640-4385, ext. 352, email@example.com
- Front Door Recovery Meeting: See Niko for details.
- Groups and Individual Services available for substance use and mental health
More information can be found at:
- Website: https://www.tewksbury-ma.gov/police-department
- FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/TewksburyCARES/
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