Mental Health Partners (MHP) is pleased to announce one of its clinicians, Lucy Larbalestier, has received the Chief’s Commendation Award from the Broomfield Police Department for her work in their EDGE (Early Diversion Get Engaged) program. This award is given to an employee whose performance exceeds Department standards over an extended period of time and who demonstrates zeal, obedience, and commitment to the high standards of police service. This is the first time an individual outside of the Broomfield Police Department has received this award.
“Lucy’s hard work and tireless dedication was critical in establishing the Broomfield Police Department EDGE program,” said Chris Terry, Commander of Broomfield Police Department, Patrol Division. “Thanks to her, mental health care is now better integrated into our department’s culture and we can provide a higher level of assistance to Broomfield community members.”
EDGE is a law enforcement and behavioral health co-response program that aims to prevent unnecessary incarceration and hospitalization of individuals with a behavioral health issue by diverting the individual into treatment. As part of her role as Program Supervisor, Lucy developed objectives and guidelines for the program, advised department staff on policies and procedures that takes sensitive and complicated nature of mental health into consideration and participated in countless meetings with police staff. Since its inception in April 2018, the program has assisted over 200 community members and over 50 Detention Center inmates.
“Lucy has been a respected team member of MHP for over five years. She never fails to go above and beyond her responsibilities,” said Maigan Oliver, MHP’s Director of Acute and Forensic Services who oversees the EDGE program in Broomfield. “We are proud of her for receiving this award and we value the relationship we have cultivated with the Broomfield Police Department and that community.”