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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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