Community Health and Safety Section Outreach Team
The Community Health and Safety Section Outreach team consist of a sergeant, two officers, and a social worker. Working together as team, they conduct outreach to individuals who are often homeless and living with substance use disorders and/or mental health issues.
If you are concerned about a person in need, please feel free to reach out to any of our team members!
UPDATE: If you have a COVID-19 related concern or wish to report a social distancing violation, remember to call the following number or visit the website specifically established for that purpose. Locally, the Snohomish Health District Environmental Health Division’s number is 425-339-5250 and the state website is www.coronavirus.wa.gov. Please do not call 911 for COVID-19 issues unless it is an emergency.
For additional updates regarding COVID-19 you check here too: www.LynnwoodWA.gov/COVID-19
The goal of the Community Health and Safety Outreach Team is to understand the root of what is affecting a person and act as a co-response team that assertively engages law enforcement involved community members, assisting the person towards self-sustainability, based upon the individual's unique circumstances and needs.
Learn About Collaboration
Much of the social worker and officer time is spent cultivating community relationships and partnerships with social service agencies so that when it is time to serve a client, there is a more direct route to support. The team's work focuses on collaboration and coordination of care. This open communication can assist clients in finding appropriate housing, accessing substance use and mental health services, obtaining state benefits and reduce the need for emergency services. By removing barriers we hope to guide people to long term success.
How To Support
Since the goal of the Outreach Team is to direct people towards more permanent services, financial assistance is needed for emergency hotel stays, transportation vouchers, security deposits, rental assistance, car repairs, access to treatment and other miscellaneous needs.
Donations can be made to the City of Lynnwood Police Department CHSS Flex Funds account.