Arlington PD Officers Now Have Free Access To Mental Health Services

Andrew Greenstein
January 27, 2020 - 5:05 pm
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ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - The Arlington Police Department is putting a focus on officers’ mental health with a new program it has rolled out.

It’s called the Blue Chip program, and it makes fully anonymous mental health services available to department employees at no charge.

“These employees had the ability to get numerous free visits, to work through whatever challenging crisis that they just went through,” says Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson.

Chief Johnson says the nature of the job takes a real toll on officers’ mental health.

“Over the last three years, you're four times more likely to die of suicide than you are from felonious gunfire, based on nationwide statistics,” says Johnson.

Because all bills are sent to the department anonymously, no employee records are ever shared with the department.

“The department is saying to the service providers, just take care of our employees,” Chief Johnson says. “Send us a bill, will take care of it. No questions asked.”

Each employee is given a blue chip with the web address of where employees can turn for help.

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