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Cambridge Safety Net Collaborative Highlighted at National Police Chief Conference
Posted Date: 11/5/2013
CHA psychologist James Barrett, PhD, and Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert C. Haas recently presented at the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) on the Cambridge Safety Net Collaborative, a partnership between CHA, the Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Public Schools, and the Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs. The Collaborative limits youth involvement in the juvenile justice system through coordinated prevention, intervention, and diversion services for Cambridge youth and families. In addition to their formal presentations, Dr. Barrett and Commissioner Haas met with police chiefs from across the U.S. to share effective ways to advance police-mental health collaboratives to better serve at-risk youth and families.

Additionally, CHA senior clinical consultant William Pollack, PhD, was an invited guest at the IACP Committee Meeting on Juvenile Justice & Child Protection and has been asked to join the committee as a regular member. He was elected to Associate Membership in the IACP and conducted preliminary meetings with members of the U.S. Department of Justice, the head of the Police Foundation, and key chiefs from around the country about potential collaborations and research projects in conjunction with the Cambridge Safety Net Collaborative.

More information about the Cambridge Safety Net Collaborative is available in this Harvard Gazette story.

Cambridge Health Alliance is an academic community health system committed to providing high quality care in Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities. CHA has expertise in primary care, specialty care and mental health/substance use services, as well as caring for diverse and complex populations. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA patients have seamless access to advanced care through the system’s affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine.