Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and Chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation awarded $10,000 to support Framingham’s Jail Diversion Program that pairs specially trained crisis clinicians with police officers to respond to mental health related calls for service and 911 calls.
According to Acting Police Chief Ronald Brandolini, there are currently three clinicians available to provide immediate on-the-scene de-escalation, assessment and referrals for individuals in crisis assigned to the three shifts. This grant will support adding a fourth clinician to the program for an even more extensive coverage of the three shifts and weekends.
“The primary goal of this program is to redirect individuals committing non-violent crimes out of the criminal justice system and into more appropriate health services,” said Haranas. “It is an effort that we are pleased to support.”