In 2021, Resilient Minds on the Front Lines, Inc. was selected by the Burke Foundation to administer a grant to create a pilot program in New Jersey. The program cross-trains law enforcement officers and educators on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the New Jersey Handle with Care Policy. The Schools and Law Enforcement Building Responsive Partnership Pilot Program was designed to be piloted in three New Jersey Communities to strengthen relationships between police departments and schools to mitigate ACEs and implement the Handle With Care Program. The grant requires Resilient Minds On The Front Lines to develop collaborative workshops and training based on Actions4ACEs campaign, Resilient Minds On The Front Lines resiliency training, NEAR (Neurobiology, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Resiliency) informed by trauma and resiliency research; and identify and teach educators, police officers, and stakeholders in the communities of Wood-Ridge, Woodbury and Ewing, NJ. The grant also allows for community outreach events in these community concerning ACES and Handle With Care with law enforcement officers and educators.
The facilitators for this workshop are Dr. Kate Tumelty Felice, Middle Township Chief of Police Christopher Leusner, RMOFL Founder Mike Pellegrino, and RMOFL CEO Robert Czepiel Jr.