Respond, Empower, Advocate, Listen
A new data base was created in the beginning of October 2017 to better track the officers utilizing the program as well as looking at measures to improve services that REAL provides. During this time staff changes were also made as well as expanding the hours REAL staff operates. From September of 2011 until April of 2018 REAL has received a total of 2198 referrals. Out of the 228 referrals received since the inception of the new database, 153 individuals have accepted services (67%), we were unable to locate 36 individuals (16%), 26 declined services (11%). As of April 1, 2018, 13 referrals are still open. During October of 2017, 12 different officers utilized REAL including the Chief of Police. November 2017, 28 officers utilized REAL; one officer made five separate referrals, December 2017, 29 officers utilized REAL; two officers made four or more referrals, January 2018, 25 officers made referrals; one officer made eight referrals, February 2018, 29 officers made referrals; one officer made seven referrals, and during the month of March 2018, 27 officers made referrals; two officers made three or more referrals.
Four WRAP groups were facilitated by Chad, Two WRAP groups were facilitated by Tessa, and REAL’s newest member Sue is a WRAP Facilitator as well. Chad attended Advance Level WRAP Facilitator training in West Chester, PA. as well as the WHAM! facilitator training with Sue.
Chad made presentations to OLLI (a continuing education program for older students at SCC), the Lincoln Housing Authority, and the Liberty House (VA). Chad and Tessa presented at BETA. Chad did one training for the Lincoln Fire Department's new recruits and one training for the LPD's recruit and dispatch training which has 21 new officer candidates for 2018.
Kasey and Officer Luke B traveled to Washington DC to present Mental Health America's Leadership Award to Governor Rickets as well as providing a presentation on "Peers working with the police department." Officer B's paper was accepted by The Police Quarterly which highlights REAL.