The Town of Hingham welcomes Aileen Walsh as a full-time Community Crisis Response Clinician

Ailen Walsh took on the role of Community Crisis Response Clinician for the Hingham Police Department late last month (photo courtesy of the Hingham Police Department)

June 7, 2022 Submitted by Hingham Police Department

Town Administrator Tom Mayo and Chief Constable David Jones are pleased to announce the hiring of Hingham Police Department’s new full-time Community Crisis Response Clinician.

Aileen Walsh assumed the role on Monday, May 23. From 2018 to 2020, she worked as a prison diversion clinician in a joint position with Hingham and Weymouth Police Services, where she served as a co-worker providing mental health and addictions crisis intervention. abusive calls.

Previously, Walsh served as a Diversion Clinician for the Newton Police Department and as a Crisis Clinician and Substance Abuse Counselor in the Greater Boston Area and throughout the South Shore. Most recently, she served as Program Director for the Aspire Health Alliance’s Integrated Crisis Team, directly supervising approximately 10 staff members.

In her new role, which is fully funded by the City, she will provide similar resources not only to people with mental health and addictions needs, but also to their family members. She will respond to calls with members of Hingham Police and will also follow up with hospitals for further assessment to get people the help and support they need. She is also available to train agents on the proper ways to respond to mental health-related calls.

“There has never been a greater need for these types of services, and Aileen’s previous experience with Hingham Police made her a perfect fit for this new full-time position,” Chief Jones said. . “She has many connections in the mental health field and years of valuable experience, and will be a vital member of our department. His integration within the department and his ability to respond directly to agents make this position unique, and we know that it will be very beneficial for the whole community.

Walsh said her ability to help residents directly with court-related issues when needed is another part of her job, allowing her to help people navigate a complicated system.

“There are many layers to this role, and one of the things that makes it work is how open Hingham Police are to developing new programs and finding creative ways to help residents in need.” , Walsh said. “The community has also been on board and so supportive of me and my role. I want to do everything I can to do well with them.

Walsh will also do outreach at Hingham Public Schools, working to educate students and staff about issues related to mental health and substance use disorders.

“I am thrilled to be here as I continue to build relationships and help Hingham residents and Hingham Police Department support officers,” Walsh said. “The volume of mental health-related calls continues to increase dramatically, and that means a lot of work in a community that not only recognizes this, but is also working aggressively to address it.”

Walsh earned a Bachelor of Arts in Irish and Geography from University College Galway, Ireland, and a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University.

Anyone who would like to contact Walsh or find out more about the services she provides can contact her at 781-749-1212 ext. 2222, or [email protected]

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