Link 2 Care Referral and Follow-Up Program (“Link 2 Care”)
Police officers frequently encounter individuals that appear to have untreated mental health issues or could benefit from mental health resources. To avoid regular and ongoing police contact, the commission of crime and any further decompensation, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office (“MCPO”), under the leadership of Prosecutor Raymond Santiago, created a countywide pilot program called the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Link 2 Care Referral and Follow-Up Program (“Link 2 Care”). Through Link to Care, Monmouth County police officers can refer individuals before a crisis to a team of mental health specialists from CPC Integrated Health (“CPC”) and the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (“MHA”) for case review, treatment and management.
To start the referral process, the referring officer, with their supervisor’s approval, will fill out the attached Link 2 Care Referral Form and email the form to Link2Care@mcponj.org. The referral criteria are based on frequent and ongoing police contact, increased risk or ongoing risk of imminent danger, high probability that law enforcement will have to use force or take other measures, and whether an individual is decompensated or unstable in the community. Referring officers should provide a summary of pertinent incidents involving law enforcement and measures previously taken to assist the individual. When possible, the individual’s current mental health case worker and emergency contact should be included. The referring officer should provide the individual with a Link 2 Care Resource Card and advise them that the Link to Care Team will reach out to them.
Mental health specialists from CPC and MHA will receive these referrals and will contact the individual to set up an intake and collaborative treatment plan. The Link 2 Care mental health specialists will also conduct case reviews, perform case management services and work collaboratively with Monmouth County’s Arrive Together Team to organize follow-up care with RWJ Barnabas Health – Monmouth Medical Center (“Monmouth Medical Center”), who will participate in co-responding to behavioral crisis calls with selected police departments in Monmouth County.
If you have any questions about MCPO’s Link 2 Care Referral and Follow-Up Program, please reach out to Assistant Prosecutor Lindsay Ashwal at firstname.lastname@example.org, Lieutenant Andrea Tozzi at email@example.com and Assistant Prosecutor Hoda Soliman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link 2 Care is funded by the Attorney General’s Office of New Jersey.