Beech Brook's Innovative Police-Assisted Referral Program
According to the Commitments framework, organizations should look to collaborate across systems and sectors. If aligned with the same vision, academic, corporate, and public sector partners can bring helpful expertise and help increase impact.
Beech Brook found success in an effort that did just that. It worked to establish the award-winning Police-Assisted Referral (PAR) Program, which brought together a diverse group of invested constituents including social services, law enforcement, community leaders and academia to reimagine law enforcement’s role in promoting safe and healthy communities. Through the program, officers are equipped with referral cards. Within 24-48 hours, the recipient is contacted by a human services organization like Beech Brook that is part of the PAR program.
“The fact that we’ve been able to maintain and sustain our commitment to PAR for over a decade is miraculous,” said Tom Royer, president and CEO of Beech Brook. “It’s really a testament to the partnerships we’ve built. We’ve faced countless challenges, but nobody’s walked away from the table. Everybody has remained committed to the program and to delivering this service regardless of what barriers get in our way.”
Results of the program include that 93% of individuals who are given a PAR referral card by a police officer found the officer to be respectful and helpful, while 91% found the referral card itself helpful. Additionally, 43% of program participants have reported having an improved opinion of law enforcement following their PAR experience.
Learn more by reading this case study about Beech Brook’s commitment to Partnering with Purpose.
About the Commitments in Action Celebration
In celebration of the release of the Commitments framework more than five years ago, the Alliance and COA are showcasing 14 community-based human serving organizations, including The Village Network and Beech Brook, that have embraced this proven strategy playbook for success and influence. The Commitments celebration recognizes and elevates the powerful stories of the organizations whose ingenuity, innovation, and vision, as part of the Alliance’s Strategy Counts initiative, helped establish the Commitments framework.
Thank you to the Commitment in Action Celebration sponsors.