EMPLOYMENT VALUE PROPOSITION: Mental Health Center of Denver provides you with the support you need to help you develop a career in helping others succeed. We innovate, adapt, and leverage the diverse perspectives of the people on our team and the people we serve in everything we do.
The Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) Pilot program consists of a partnership between the Denver Health Paramedic Division and the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD). The STAR Pilot program was modeled after the CAHOOTS Program in Eugene, OR and was born out of a year long collaborative effort between the community, MHCD and The Department of Safety. The STAR Pilot program diverts low risk 911 calls to the paramedic/clinician team to provide a trauma informed, client centered response to individuals in crisis. The goal is to expand the options available to the community when someone calls 911 in crisis. The STAR Team will respond to low level crisis calls in the community such as; welfare checks, individuals experiencing non emergent suicidal ideation and other crisis calls. The STAR Team also help identify community resources, alternative treatment options, and long-term community supports in any area identified by the individual. The STAR Team aims to use harm reduction principles to meet people where they are at and develop creative solutions to meet the needs of the community. Funded by the Caring 4 Denver Foundation, the pilot program will run for 6-12 months.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVENESS: The Mental Health Center of Denver values and is strengthened by diversity. We are committed to ending bias and discrimination in our community and ensuring equity within all aspects of our organization. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment, transfer, or promotion opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
LCSW - $27.55/hr. - $33.06/hr.
LPC/LMFT - $26.01/hr. - $31.23/hr.
LAC - $22.57/hr. - $26.90/hr.
POSITION SUMMARY: The Co-Responder program consists of a partnership between the Denver Police Department (DPD) and the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD). The Co-Responder program supports an overall effort to expand specialized law enforcement and behavioral health strategies tailored to meet the needs of people with behavioral/mental health concerns in the Denver community. The Co-Responder Unit aims to reduce the number of people with mental health issues in the jail system; to improve information sharing and coordination, as appropriate, across systems and service providers; and to reduce overall costs relating to people with mental or behavioral health concerns, including the use of emergency services. Clinicians work in close partnership with the Denver Police Department, responding to calls involving people who suffer from mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use issues. Clinicians are trained to assist people in crisis and provide the most effective services for resolution. Clinicians and officers collaborate to provide treatment in a format that best decreases current stressors and replaces them with long term community-based supports. Co-Responders also help identify community resources, alternative treatment options, and long-term community supports in any area identified by the individual. Co-Responders may work with one of the following agencies:
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS – Sherriff Co-Responders
Work within the Civil Division of the Denver Sheriff’s Department to provide crisis intervention, crisis de-escalation and service coordination to individuals in eviction proceedings and individuals on court ordered medications.
ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS – RTD CHROME Team
Respond to mental Health related calls with the Regional Transportation Departments (RTD) Security officers and provide psychological evaluations/problem identification, crisis interventions, referrals and linkage to resources for consumers
EDUCATION: Master's Degree in social work, psychology, or similar field. Current license as a LCSW/LPC/LMFT in the State of Colorado, or master’s with LAC and ability to obtain LPC/LCSW licensure within 3 months of hire in the State of Colorado.
EXPERIENCE: Minimum of two years’ experience in clinical social work. Experience working with moderate to severe and persistently mentally ill populations.
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Assist with program supervision of students/volunteers as determined appropriate.
TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to sit, stand, bend and reach, drive, operate standard office equipment such as phone, computer, facsimile, copier/printer, and other business machines. Occasional lifting up to 40 lbs.
TYPICAL MENTAL DEMANDS: Ability to give, receive and analyze information, formulate work plans, prepare written materials and articulate goals and action plans. Must understand people from all walks of life and be able to communicate effectively with them.
DENVER POLICE DEPARTMENT: May require occasional evening, weekend or on-call hours. Some local travel depending on position. Will ride with Denver Police Department (in coordination with 911 communication center) in response to low-level mental health related 911 calls.
DENVER SHERIFF DEPARTMENT: May require occasional evening, weekend or on-call hours. Some local travel depending on position. Will ride with Denver Sheriffs in response to evictions and probate court pick up orders.
DENVER FIRE DEPARTMENT: May require occasional evening, weekend or on-call hours. Some local travel depending on position. Will ride with Denver Firefighters in response to mental health related 911 calls. Will also field referrals from Denver Fire and follow up as needed.
STAR PROGRAM: May require occasional evening, weekend or on-call hours. Some local travel depending on position. Will ride with EMS (in coordination with 911 communication center) in response to low-level mental health related 911 calls.
RTD CHROME Team: May require occasional evening, weekend or on-call hours. Some local travel depending on position. Will ride with Denver Police officers in response to mental health related 911 calls.