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Dec 19, 2016

Crisis Response Police Liaison Awarded Civilian Honor

Missy Etsy, The Opportunity Alliance’s Mental Health Police Liaison, has been honored as the Portland Police Department's civilian of the month. The Mental Health Police Liaison is a specially trained TOA crisis services staff member who works closely with the Portland Police Department to provide crisis intervention, assessment, and assistance in facilitating a crisis. 

Crisis Response Police Liaison Awarded Civilian Honor

Portland Police Department Honors Missy Etsy, Mental Health Police Liaison
PORTLAND (December 2016) Missy Etsy, The Opportunity Alliance’s Mental Health Police Liaison, has been honored as the Portland Police Department's civilian of the month. The Mental Health Police Liaison is a specially trained TOA crisis services staff member who works closely with the Portland Police Department to provide crisis intervention, assessment, and assistance in facilitating a crisis. 
 
The Portland Police Department has a long-standing tradition of honoring civilians in the community for outstanding service and dedication to the Department and the City of Portland.  Police officers and other department members select civilians monthly from various walks of life to publicly demonstrate their appreciation. Chief Michael Sauschuck noted that Missy “regularly goes beyond what is expected, is a strong team player, is well respected and positively impacts the community and the work of the department.”
 
TOA's Mental Health Police Liaison, responds to police dispatch calls that do not require an officer present but include behavioral health issues. The Liaison assists those in crisis situations where legal concerns can be prevented or avoided.  
The Mental Health Police Liaison is an integral part of TOA’s Cumberland County Crisis Response program, a comprehensive 24-hour, 365 days a year mental health crisis system offering phone and face-to-face crisis intervention and stabilization services. These services also include 774-HELP, Mobile Outreach, face-to-face crisis intervention, and Broadway Crossings, a short-term therapeutic crisis stabilization unit that is an alternative to hospitalization for adults experiencing a mental health crisis.
 
For more information on the Mental Health Police Liaison or any of TOA’s programs, please contact Jim Gemmell: jim.gemmell@opportunityalliance.org
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