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Safe Call Now


Safe Call Now is a CONFIDENTIAL, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service for all public safety employees, all emergency services personnel and their family members nationwide.



Below you will find a wide variety of resources both Local/Regional and National. Please take the time to find the professional nearest you.

Local Resources

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Clackamas Co Trauma Team

Salem Police Trauma Team

Eugene PD Peer Support Team

OR State Police Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)

AA meeting for Criminal Justice Professionals(a closed meeting for public safety members only) http://www.five-oatthebighouse.com/index.html


Mental health professionals who get it:
Dr. Sherry Harden (Beaverton)

Dr. Suzanne Best (Portland)

Dr. Garen Weitman (Lake Oswego)

Dr. Bob Jones (Salem)

Dr. Raymond Peterson (Portland)

Dr. Lynn Fontana (Portland)

Tim Dietz, LPC (Beaverton)

Dr. John Reiman (Corvallis)


OSP Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)

Mental health professionals who “get it”:
Anne Kellogg (Ashland)


OSP Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)

Central Oregon Law Enforcement Chaplaincy – Contact Jim Crowley

OST Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)


Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) - http://www.nationalcops.org

OR National Guard Service Member & Family Support: http://www.orng-vet.org

Employee Support Services (ESS) with OR State Corrections

National Resources

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Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities

Few rehabilitaion facilities provide programs specifically for first responders. The following facilities have programs and have been vetted by Safe Call Now - Preference is given if you call Safe Call Now first, and then are referred to:

Bayside Marin - California

Sierra Tucson - Arizona

Great Oaks Recovery Center - Texas

Life Healing Center - New Mexico

La Hacienda - California

Recovery Ways - Utah

Desert Waters Correctional Outreachwww.desertwaters.com

An in depth resource for city, county and state corrections officers.  The site provides a free ‘Corrections Fatigue Status Assessment’ test.  Participation is anonymous.  One can discover how much fatigue they are experiencing, and then return at a later time to see if the stress levels have decreased.

First Responder Support Network* - www.frsn.org or www.wcpr2001.org

FRSN provides education, support and consultation to individuals or agencies experiencing a traumatic event, in addition to preventive training.  A 6 day residential treatment program is available for first responders as well as their spouse or significant other.

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation* www.icisf.org

The site provides many public safety related stress articles, to include families.  Many ICISF trainings are held throughout the country, allowing attendees to enhance their knowledge or become trained peer support members.

On Site Academy* - http://onsiteacademy.org

A residential treatment facility on the east coast, providing assistance to first responders, spouses and military members.

OR National Guard Service Member & Family Support - http://www.orng-vet.org

Peer Support Central* - http://www.peersupportcentral.com

A central location for peers from throughout the country to connect and share.  Site includes upcoming trainings and relevant job related articles.

Safe Call Now* – www.safecallnow.org

Developed by  a former cop who became addicted to pain meds due to a back injury, Safe Call Now is a clearing house to provide guidance and assistance to all first responders/public safety workers in need.  Any call into SCN is confidential under Washing ton State law.  206. 459. 3020

9-1-1 Wellness Foundation (Dispatch) – www.911wellness.org

A central location to find education, support, advocacy and research relevant to the 9-1-1 dispatch world.  This site is new and under construction/development.

Wives Behind the Badge   www.wivesbehindthebadge.com

A non-profit charitable organization dedicated to offering much needed support and resources to law enforcement wives and families, as well as law enforcement agencies and the community as a whole.



Portland Vocational Rehabilitation: 503.412.4577

Family Readiness Program: 503.584.3543

VA Benefits: 1.800.692.9666

OR National Guard Post Deployment Assistance: 1.888.688.2264


*Provide support for all areas of public safety members



Suggested Reading

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Suggested Reading:   Google the title and author – most can be purchased on Amazon or similar sites

Surviving the Shadows – Bob Delaney     An advocate of those who suffer from post traumatic stress, Delaney, who is a sufferer as well, states the following: “Although I recognize all the important medical treatments available, I view peer-to peer therapy as the first line of defense in deal with PTSD: cops need to speak to cops, firefighters to firefighters, soldiers to soldiers, combat spouses to combat spouses…”

Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement: A Guide for Officers and Their Families – Kevin Gilmartin      This  book defines burnout for any public safety worker.  Gilmartin provides some tools to deal with the stressors that build up, but more so paints a picture of what burnout looks and feels like.

CopShock (2nd edition) – Allen Kates       Several stories of those who have experienced post traumatic stress (including the disorder).  Kates has done a good job of adding easy tests to determine one’s stress levels, included stress and resiliency.

I Love a Cop or I Love a Fireman – Dr. Ellen Kirschman      Both books provide relevant information for public safety workers and their loved ones.  I Love a Fireman provides more in depth info for families.

The Gift of Fear -  Gavin de Becker           Reveals the practical lessons from decades of studying violence for the purpose of protecting ourselves from the dangerous situations people typically face.   www.gavindebecker.com



Other Suggestions:

PTSD coach (smart phone application)


“It was so helpful to see a therapist who understood what I was talking about, and didn’t cry when I talked about the real bad stuff.”

“One of the best things I realized is that responding to other people’s trauma is not MY trauma.”

“As a dispatcher, learning the outcome of a big incident really helps me come to grips with what actually happened.  I found out what really happened when I went to the debriefing.”

“I’ve finally figured out that alcohol and sex don’t make the nightmares go away. Really looking at my crap and working on it made the nightmares go away.”

“It is so much easier taking care of others when I take care of myself first.”

“It takes a lot of effort to give my wife and kids the energy I give to the job, but I do it.  I have to.  I deserve it; they deserve it.”

“Keep fighting the good fight for yourself!  We don’t have to become the stereotypical law enforcement statistic of divorced alcoholics!  It is possible to survive this career happy and healthy.”