Emma began working as the police department's Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator in January, 2023.This is a 2-year, grant funded position through the DOJ's Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA). In this role, Emma provides for the mental health and wellness needs of police officers, fire fighters, teachers, and any other city employee in need of those services.In the event of a critical incident, Emma works closely with local agencies specializing in trauma and stress management to attend to the needs of the first responders, teachers, or city employees who were impacted by the incident. In addition, she works closely with Ellen, the co-response clinician, and assists with crisis calls within the community on days when Ellen is serving the town of Hadley.
Liz joined the City of Easthampton in July 2022 as the Community Social Worker through the Easthampton Health Department. Liz is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with over a decade of experience working with individuals and families in Western Mass. Liz works with Easthampton residents of all ages to provide resources and referrals for a variety of community needs, including, but not limited to, housing, substance use, mental health, financial hardships, and safety concerns. Liz provides home visits and works collaboratively with community partners to ensure residents have the support they need. Liz also works closely with the Easthampton Public Schools to support students in and outside of the school day. Liz offers additional services through a senior grief and bereavement group at the Easthampton Senior Center. She provides bimonthly office hours at the Emily Williston Memorial Library as well. Any resident in need of services can reach Liz at City Hall through the Health Department.
Ellen has worked in a variety of positions within the mental health field in Western Massachusetts for almost a decade. She has a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology and is a licensed social worker. Ellen currently serves as a co-response clinician, a role that is embedded within the Easthampton and Hadley police departments in partnership with the local nonprofit, Clinical & Support Options (CSO). In this position, Ellen responds with the police to calls within the community for those who are experiencing a mental health crisis, providing urgent evaluations and interventions as needed. In addition to providing initial crisis intervention services to individuals and families, Ellen offers crisis case management and short-term crisis counseling as follow up from the initial intervention. When appropriate, Ellen provides information and referral services to individuals and families. Ellen serves as a liaison between law enforcement, members of the community, and community agencies, maintaining connections between law enforcement and community agencies by providing consultation on cases and offering problem resolution.