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Thursday, December 7 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Poster Session: Co-responder Programs in THE US: Overview of First Responder/Mental Health Field Teams

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There is a growing interest in utilizing combinations of first responder and mental health provider "co-responder" programs as a prehospital intervention for behavioral emergencies. Some communities use a social worker and a police officer. In others, an EMT or paramedic is paired with mental health worker. Yet a third configuration involves EMS, law enforcement, and social worker. This presentation by a clinical psychologist and paramedic reviews such teams, the literature about their efficacy, and proposes best practices.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Appreciate history of co-responder programs in the US. 
  2. Understand the varied combinations of first responder/mental health provider field teams.
  3. Be updated on best practices for such programs

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Thom Dunn, PHD, NRP

Psychologist, Denver Health/U of N Colorado
Thom Dunn is a clinical psychologist at Denver Health, a safety net hospital with a Level I trauma designation. His primary clinical role is on the psychiatry C-L service. Additionally, he oversees psychology residents and fellows who work on proactive consult services embedded with... Read More →

Thursday December 7, 2023 4:30pm - 5:30pm PST
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