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June 12, 1996

The Police-Mental Health Partnership: A Community-Based Response to Urban Violence

Author Affiliations

Community Mental Health Council University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago

JAMA. 1996;275(22):1771-1772. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530460075038

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The nine authors, five from the Child Study Center at Yale University and four from the New Haven Department of Police Service, have done an outstanding job in collaborating on this important little book. Their cooperation is a reflection of the actual partnership within the Child Development—Community Policing (CDCP) Program in New Haven, Conn, which was designed to ameliorate the traumatic impact of violence on children's lives.

The introduction outlines the scope of the problem of community violence and reviews several studies that give some indication of how many children are exposed to this type of trauma. In addition, there are explanations of community policing and community mental health and how the CD-CP Program was developed based on the principles of Dr James Comer. Referred to as a manual by the lead author, this how-to handbook outlines the components of the CD-CP Program.

The first component—the child development fellowship—was designed