Norwalk Police’s embedded clinician for mental health cases


The Norwalk Police Department has hired a clinician to be embedded within the department and to work in tandem with officers on cases that can benefit from extra support.

According to the statement from the department, the clinician, Alexandra Fitzner, will “work to expand the community-based policing initiatives by creating an umbrella approach to vital supports and resources to all members of the Norwalk community, with a focus on helping vulnerable populations .”

The position is funded by $216,000 allocated from federal American Rescue Plan Act funds, according to city documents. The city hired the new clinician partly because of the success Stamford’s police have had working with the Recovery Network of Programs since incorporating a social worker if its own last year.

“In our very first year of operation, we have served 300 unduplicated individuals, 800 interventions/connections to care, and with a 20 percent reduction in recidivist type calls to the police department,” Jennifer Kolakowski, executive director of the network, said Thursday . She added that the numbers were “very, very significant.”


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