Building strong communities requires collaboration, vision and cooperation. In order to provide the highest quality service, we believe it is essential that we are not only connected to the communities we serve, but are active participants in working together with partners to promote mental wellness throughout our service area. To this end, we work together with municipalities, police departments and other providers to design programs that increase access to services and decrease stigma associated with mental illness. Some examples are:
Community Outreach Initiative Network (COIN) Collaborative
COIN is a ten town collaboration of municipalities under the jurisdiction of the Ayer District Court (ADC) that includes the communities of Ashby, Ayer, Boxborough, Dunstable, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend, and Westford. The goal of the COIN Collaborative is to connect citizens affected by mental health and/or substance use disorders to available resources, and divert them from the criminal justice system. This goal is being realized through funding from a DMH grant for the implementation of an Innovative Opiate Outreach and Jail Diversion Program. Currently, Family Continuity clinicians work alongside police departments to reach out to individuals in need of services. This collaboration diverts citizens from the criminal justice system by providing them the resources and support they need to get ongoing treatment.