2020 Honorable Mention Recipient

The Community and Law Enforcement Collaboration Project

Organization

EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center

Tempe, AZ

Program

The Community and Law Enforcement Collaboration Project

Partners

Phoenix Police Department

Tempe Police Department

2020 Honorable Mention Recipient

The Community and Law Enforcement Collaboration Project

Organization

EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center

Tempe, AZ

Program

The Community and Law Enforcement Collaboration Project

Partners

Phoenix Police Department

Tempe Police Department

The Community and Law Enforcement Collaboration ProjectErica Chestnut-Ramirez,
Regional Vice President

EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center

618 S. Madison Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281

480.784.1514 x115
Email

EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center (EMPACT-SPC) was founded in 1987 to provide behavioral health services to individuals and families, including crisis intervention, suicide prevention, substance abuse treatment and more. In 2013, it created The Community and Law Enforcement Collaboration Project, partnering with the Phoenix and Tempe police departments to reduce the need for law enforcement to serve as frontline responders to mental health and substance abuse crises.

Initially, training was the focus of this bold initiative. Crisis Intervention Teams provide 40 hours of training, helping police officers recognize and respond to a person experiencing a mental health crisis. However, the partnership quickly evolved into a more holistic, integrated approach to improving public safety.

Crisis mobile teams now enable the transfer of noncriminal crises to behavioral health professionals, without any police involvement. Post-crisis navigators offer clients follow-up for 60 days as ongoing clinical services are put in place. And first-responder wellness liaisons provide support to police officers facing behavioral health issues of their own.

“This groundbreaking partnership between behavioral health services and law enforcement is yielding clear results,” said Dr. Dan Ranieri, CEO of La Frontera AZ, EMPACT-SPC’s parent company. “Last year, our mobile teams responded to 7,500 calls, requesting law enforcement’s presence less than four percent of the time. And nearly 80 percent of individuals served were successfully stabilized in the community, rather than being transported to a hospital or jail. This has enabled police officers to focus more time on keeping our communities safe.”

2019

Seeing the Future: Vision Health Initiative for Homeless Children and Adults

Organization

Care for the Homeless

36 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021, USA

Program

Seeing the Future: Vision Health Initiative for Homeless Children and Adults

2019

Seeing the Future: Vision Health Initiative for Homeless Children and Adults

Organization

Care for the Homeless

36 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021, USA

Program

Seeing the Future: Vision Health Initiative for Homeless Children and Adults

2019 Honorable Mention Recipient

Mobile Dental Unit

Organization

West Virginia Health Right, Inc.

Charleston, WV

Program

Mobile Dental Unit

2019 Honorable Mention Recipient

Mobile Dental Unit

Organization

West Virginia Health Right, Inc.

Charleston, WV

Program

Mobile Dental Unit

2019 Honorable Mention Recipient

Center for Driver’s License Recovery & Employability

Organization

Wisconsin Community Services, Inc.

Milwaukee, WI

Program

Center for Driver’s License Recovery & Employability

2019 Honorable Mention Recipient

Center for Driver’s License Recovery & Employability

Organization

Wisconsin Community Services, Inc.

Milwaukee, WI

Program

Center for Driver’s License Recovery & Employability

2015 Honorable Mention Recipient

Community-Based Residency Program

Organization

CommunityHealth

Chicago, IL

Program

Community-Based Residency Program

2015 Honorable Mention Recipient

Community-Based Residency Program

Organization

CommunityHealth

Chicago, IL

Program

Community-Based Residency Program

2015

Dementia-Specific Practicum for Nursing Students Program

Organization

Alzheimer's Community Care

West Palm Beach, FL

Program

Dementia-Specific Practicum for Nursing Students Program

2015

Dementia-Specific Practicum for Nursing Students Program

Organization

Alzheimer's Community Care

West Palm Beach, FL

Program

Dementia-Specific Practicum for Nursing Students Program

2014 National Award-Winning Program Thomas J. Moran Award Recipient

Surgery Weekend Program

Organization

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts

Carlsbad, CA

Program

Surgery Weekend Program

2014 National Award-Winning Program Thomas J. Moran Award Recipient

Surgery Weekend Program

Organization

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts

Carlsbad, CA

Program

Surgery Weekend Program

2014 Honorable Mention Recipient

A Collaborative Approach to Community Dental Care

Organization

Northern Dental Access Center

Bemidji, MN

Program

A Collaborative Approach to Community Dental Care

2014 Honorable Mention Recipient

A Collaborative Approach to Community Dental Care

Organization

Northern Dental Access Center

Bemidji, MN

Program

A Collaborative Approach to Community Dental Care

2014

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

Organization

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Southwest

Lubbock, TX

Program

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

2014

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

Organization

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Southwest

Lubbock, TX

Program

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

2014

Patient AirLife Services and Shriners Hospital for Children

Organization

Patient AirLift Services

Farmingdale, NY

Program

Patient AirLife Services and Shriners Hospital for Children

2014

Patient AirLife Services and Shriners Hospital for Children

Organization

Patient AirLift Services

Farmingdale, NY

Program

Patient AirLife Services and Shriners Hospital for Children

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