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Building Community Partnerships – Provider Organizations & Police Departments

July 22, 2021

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Many behavioral health provider organizations and police departments are working together to create programs and respond appropriately to today’s community challenges. Whether incorporating pre-arrest diversion/deflection programs or involving mental health professionals in their responses, police officers are becoming less focused on punishment and arrest, and more on providing the necessary resources individuals need to get well. Has your agency considered these types of partnerships?

In this session, OPEN MINDS Vice President, Richard Louis, and Senior Associate, Erin Pressel will have a discussion with Fred Harran, Director of Public Safety for Bensalem, PA Police Department regarding:

  • How the police officers and the public view partnerships with behavioral health provider organizations.
  • Challenges associated with these initiatives.
  • Types of programs that have been successful.
  • The process of building a relationship and a community initiative between a police department and a behavioral health provider organization.


July 13
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Featured Speakers

Erin Pressel, Senior Associate OPEN MINDS

Experienced Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the human services industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Microsoft Applications, Crisis Intervention, Medicaid, and Criminology. Strong professional with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Marketing and a Masters of Science in Legal Studies.

Fred Harran, Director of Public Safety for Bensalem, PA Police Department

Director Harran has served in law enforcement with the Bensalem Township Police Department in Bucks County, Pennsylvania for 29 years. Currently he serves as the Director of Public Safety for Bensalem Township. As Director, he is responsible for the management and operation of the police department and for the coordination of the township’s Fire and Rescue departments.

Richard Louis III, Vice President - West Region, OPEN MINDS

Richard Louis, III has extensive experience as a behavioral health administrator, business development specialist and innovator of new service lines.  Before joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Louis was the Director of Development For – Behavior & Addiction Medicine at Southern California Healthcare Systems Inc of Prospect Medical. He was involved with projects focused on health care integration, new service lines, and health plan contract development.  In that role, he pioneered the development of a series of innovative and profitable integrated behavioral health treatment and population health management solutions that target high cost and complex behavioral health populations.

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