‘We talked all the way to the hospital’

STAMFORD — When a young boy in crisis needed to go to the hospital recently, licensed clinical social worker Carolina Grijalba-Rodriguez offered to ride with him in a police car.

“Listen, I know it’s very anxiety provoking, but I’m gonna be there with you. Let’s go together,” Grijalba-Rodriguez said she told the boy. “We talked all the way to the hospital.”

Under a contract between the city and the nonprofit Recovery Network of Programs, Grijalba-Rodriguez began “embedding” with the Stamford Police Department earlier this month, city officials said Wednesday during a news conference where they outlined several other mental health-related initiatives Stamford has started over the last year or so.

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