Since being appointed to the City Council in May 2022, I have had the pleasure of having bimonthly meetings with Ryan Smith, Director of the Community Safety Program, to learn more about the needs of the Holistic Empathetic Assistance Response Team (HEART) program, an unarmed three-person team of peer support specialists, EMTs, and licensed mental health clinicians who respond to nonviolent behavioral health and quality-of-life calls for service, crisis call diversion, and care navigation.
In these meetings we discussed the necessary resources required to serve more of Durham’s residents. I have been working with the HEART program and the NC Central University Department of Social Work Field office by establishing a pipeline that allows MSW Social Work interns to help with some of the cases and aftercare. These MSW students are trained through courses outlined by the Educational Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) and whose curriculum is outlined by nine competencies.
Posted on 01 Feb 2023, 01:50 - Category: News