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Tewksbury Community Drop-In Center Opens

Mar 06, 2017 05:10AM ● By Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Police Department is announcing the opening of the Tewksbury Community Drop-In Center for substance use and mental health disorders.

Atty. Paul King

 Attached is a flyer that outlines a partial list of services and education available at the Center as well as the location, day, and hours of operation.

These services identified in the attached flyer are already offered at the Tewksbury Police Department but many people (for one reason or another) may not feel comfortable going there to get help.

The TPD's solution is the opening of a drop-in center at the Tewksbury Town Hall every Thursday night that will be staffed by the TPD's civilian prevention specialist, Maria Ruggiero, and substance use/mental health clinician, Dr. David Duren, along with sworn members of the TPD's dedicated community service team.

The Tewksbry Police are confident that the partnerships they have already formed with local non-profits, treatment providers, and support groups will complement the work done at the Drop-In Center to offer a comprehensive approach to these complex issues that are decimating families in the area. 


In addition to the services offered at the Drop-In Center on Thursday evenings and the Tewksbury Police Department 24/7, it is our intention to hold by-monthly community meetings in the Tewksbury Town Hall on Thursday evenings to provide education around these issues and to engage community members in dialogue so that we can develop additional best practices to better assist the populations we serve.  I am very proud of the community outreach work already being performed by the dedicated employees of the Tewksbury Police Department but recognize there is much more work that needs to be done to combat this epidemic. Despite organizational philosophical changes, best efforts, additional training, the application of best known and available practices that include strong partnerships with all the local treatment programs/providers, the courts, correctional facilities, the District Attorney’s Office, and area nonprofit organizations the current mental health and opioid crisis continues to grow. Tewksbury was hit exceptionally hard with 15 suspected overdose related deaths in 2016 and has seen at least 4 suspected related deaths so far in 2017. Please forward any questions to me, Community Service Officer Jennie Welch, or SAPC Director Maria Ruggiero. I appreciate your help in getting the word out about the opening and in making the Center a success. 

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