The Nashville Behavioral Health Program: A National Model



Metro Nashville Police Department’s Professional Wellness Section (MNPD PWS) is a comprehensive, officer wellness program that is comprised of 2 Units: Counseling Unit and Wellness Unit.   Various services are provided, including psychotherapy, training, critical incident stress management, peer support, family support, mentoring, and chaplain support.  The Professional Wellness Section began in 1985 and was cited as a model officer wellness program in a 2019 Department of Justice Congressional Report.  It is composed of both sworn and civilian employees.

  • An overview of the program. How we started in 1986 with 1 counselor and have evolved to having a more comprehensive wellness program
  • Overview of our various services, including counseling, critical incident response, wellness and resiliency training, peer support, family support, chaplain support, veteran support, wellness outreach, training and development and a brand new mentoring program
  • Crisis Management Model- Pre Crisis, Crisis, Post Crisis Interventions
  • Focus on how we provide various services from hire to retire and beyond
  • Our approach to attacking stigma of mental health and some of our direct interventions
  • MNPD Wellness Program which covers 5 types of wellness checks offered to our department
  • Core value of building Healthy, Trusting Relationships with officers and families from Day 1
  • Guiding principles that led to adding a sworn wellness unit to an already established counseling unit
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