Child Development - Community Policing
The Wilmington, Delaware CD-CP program was established November 1, 2005. It is a partnership between the City of Wilmington Police Department and the Delaware Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services (DPBHS). The Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth (DGS) is contracted by DPBHS to provide mental health treatment for identified children. The staff consists of master's level health professionals and case managers. There is a clinician available to the Wilmington Police Department 24 hours a day, year round. Clinicians work with both the children and the families to offer free, voluntary trauma assessment and short-term counseling services after a traumatic event.
CD-CP clinicians often work in collaboration with other services to provide access to social services and long-term counseling when it is needed.
What is CD-CP?
The goal of the Child Development - Community Policing Program (CD-CP) is to help heal the wounds that exposure to violence inflicts on children and families. The CD-CP program is a national model of a collaborative alliance between law enforcement, juvenile justice, domestic violence, medical and mental health professionals, child welfare, schools and other community agencies. The program provides a resource for first responders to violent or traumatic incidents to make immediate or follow up referrals to a trained trauma-focused clinician to begin the clinical healing process soon after the traumatic event has occurred. The CD-CP uses community-based counseling to help children and families cope, where life happens…in the home, in the community, in the school. Through education, coping skill building, collaboration, community connection and support, the CD-CP helps Wilmington’s children and families move forward after violence or trauma occur.
For general information about the CD-CP program, please visit www.nccev.org
More about the Wilmington CD-CP
Contact the Wilmington CD-CP
William T. McLaughlin Public Safety Building
300 North Walnut Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Phone: (302) 576-3183