JANUARY 07, 2014
For Immediate Release Contacts: Manchester PD: Captain Christopher Davis, (860) 645-5537 January 6, 2014 CHDI: Julie Tacinelli (860) 679-1534 CHR: Alyssa Goduti, (860) 731-5522, ext. 241
Manchester Collaborates to Support Children When a Parent is Arrested
Manchester, CT – The arrest of a parent can be a traumatic experience for a child. The Manchester community is working to reduce this traumatic stress and provide support to children after the arrest of a parent through an innovative initiative called REACT (Responding to Children of Arrested Caregivers Together). The Manchester Police began implementing REACT in November 2013 in collaboration with Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) therapists at CHR (Community Health Resources). Manchester is the second Connecticut city to implement REACT.
The REACT model was developed by researchers at the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut and is funded by the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy at Central Connecticut State University. Statewide partners include the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and the Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement (CABLE). More than 650 law enforcement, child welfare and EMPS therapists have been trained in Manchester, Waterbury and at regional REACT trainings offered across the state.
WHAT: Press Briefing highlighting the REACT initiative in Manchester
WHEN: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 3:00-3:30pm
WHERE: Manchester Police Department, Community Training Room 239 East Middle Turnpike, Manchester, CT
WHO: Chief Marc Montminy, Manchester Police Department Jason Lang, Ph.D., Associate Director, Center for Effective Practice at CHDI Amy Evison, LMFT, Senior Program Director, CHR (Community Health Resources) Kathy Rodriguez, family partner
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Additional information on REACT can be found at http://www.chdi.org/ccep-initiatives.php?type=current#i19.