SPD introduces new Co-Response Clinician

Above: The SPD shared an announcement that Lynn Botsaris is Southborough’s new Co-Response Jail Diversion Clinician (image cropped from Facebook)

Six years ago, Southborough Police  teamed up with other boroughs to on a Jail Diversion Program (JDP).

Today, the SPD introduced the new JDP Clinician who will be working part-time with officers to “to help people in mental health crisis get the assistance they need, and not direct them unnecessarily into the Criminal Justice System”.

Lynn Bostaris, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, will work in Southborough three mornings per week.

To reach out to her, you can call Southborough Police at (508) 485-2121 or email he directly at LBotsaris@Advocates.org. 

Here is the SPD’s announcement explaining Bostaris’ role, qualifications, and how she will be supporting the dept and community as their “Co-Response Jail Diversion Clinician”:

The Clinician rides with police officers in cruisers and responds directly to calls. They help evaluate and make recommendations for further care and follow-up. This shortens the time on scene for officers and ultimately leads to a better outcome for those involved. The JDP clinician can assist individuals and families who are seeking resources to help themselves or a loved one get care.

Lynn received her bachelor’s in social work from Elms College and her master’s degree in social work from Boston College. She has worked extensively in the mental health field with all age groups. Currently, Lynn is the Co-response Jail Diversion clinician for the Southborough and Northborough police departments. Prior to this role, Lynn provided ongoing therapy and supportive services to the homebound, addressing a multitude of issues including addiction, housing, and poverty. She also worked as a psychiatric social worker in the adult inpatient psychiatric unit at Saint Vincent’s Hospital. Additionally, Lynn worked on the crisis assessment team in the Emergency Department at Saint Vincent Hospital, providing support and assessments to individuals experiencing psychiatric crises. . .

Currently, Lynn is scheduled to be with the Southborough Police Department on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9a-1pm.

Please join us in welcoming Lynn to the Town of Southborough!

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