San Rafael's Innovative Approach to Homelessness and Mental Health
Mental Health Liaison, San Rafael Police Department
Wednesday, February 9, 2022
7:45am - 9:00am (Zoom until 9:30am)
Lynn Murphy is the Mental Health Liaison for San Rafael Police Department. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been with the department for 8 years. Her job is to engage with individuals who are experiencing homelessness and/or mental illness to connect them with whatever services they need. Lynn works closely with Marin County Health and Human Services, the District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s office, The Ritter Center, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Homeward Bound of Marin and Marin Housing Authority to house those that are the most vulnerable. Since working at the department, Lynn has collaborated with the Marin Alliance to Solve Homelessness (MASH) to house 426 people! Lynn also has a K9 partner named Blue who does outreach on the street. Blue is a retired Guide Dog from Guide Dogs for the Blind and plays an instrumental role in helping employee wellness at the San Rafael Police Department, and with responding to mental health calls. Say hello to them when you see Lynn and Blue on the street!
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