Join Us for SAFE TEAM @ Seawolf Plaza

Friday, January 20, 2023, 3:30pm

TO: Campus Community
FR: Nader Oweis, Chief of Police

SAFE TEAM @ Sonoma State
Seawolf Plaza
10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, January 23
Free. Light refreshments provided.

Dear Campus Community, 

The campus community is invited to gather at Seawolf Plaza from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 23 to mark the beginning of a new partnership between Sonoma State University and the SAFE Team.

The SAFE Team (Specialized Assistance for Everyone) is a unique crisis response, prevention and intervention program for anyone in need, including mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness services. Sonoma State's inclusion into this program will be pioneering, given that it will be one of the first university partnerships in California to use this model.

The SAFE (Specialized Assistance for Everyone) Team was started in October of  2021 through a partnership between the City of Rohnert Park, the City of Cotati and the Petaluma People Services Center to create a new model for responding to a crisis in the community. The team is now expanding its services to include Sonoma State University. 

The team is made up of civilian first responders, who respond to and proactively address calls for service that are traditionally handled by law enforcement, emergency medical services and health care providers. 

On Monday, we’ll hear from community leaders and campus representatives who will speak about how this program will assist our community members, increase health awareness, and enhance services already provided to students, faculty and staff on campus and off campus.