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6 Aug 2020

Full-Time Co-Responder Clinician I or II

Mental Health Partners – Posted by MentalHealthPartnersCO Boulder, Colorado, United States

Job Description


The purpose of Project EDGE (“Early Diversion, Get Engaged”) is to support law enforcement on mental health calls for service. When possible, EDGE Clinicians divert individuals with behavioral health disorders or symptoms from involvement in the criminal justice system and instead engage them in treatment.

Job Summary: 

EDGE Clinicians manage crisis intervention, de-escalation, and referral to treatment at the scene of police contact.  They provide resources and follow-up when not on scene. EDGE Clinicians follow-up with clients to connect them with resources and behavioral health treatment after crisis has concluded.

Essential Functions:

Intervention & Evaluation

  • Provides face-to-face interventions to help stabilize people in crisis and prevent further criminal justice involvement, or hospitalization when possible
  • Provides mobile response to a variety of community settings upon law enforcement request, including homes, street corners, offices, assisted living facilities, and shelters
  • Conducts mental status exam, suicide, and risk assessment to determine if people in distress meet criteria for involuntary treatment
  • Ensures that adequate time is spent with each client to ensure accuracy of assessments
  • Creates working diagnosis using DSM-5
  • Conducts telephone follow ups and interventions with clients, family, and community members as needed

Disposition & Referral

  •   Makes appropriate level of care decisions on scene
  • Facilitates referrals to appropriate organizations as needed
  • Communicates and collaborates with multiple collateral agencies, including schools, hospitals, family, and friends of the client


  • Documents all phone and face-to-face contacts according to MHP policy
  • Supplies charting documentation consistent with clinical and administrative policies and procedures related to the provision of services


  • Meets defined individual and department goals, activity metrics, and Key Performance Indicators
  • Promotes, supports and demonstrates MHP’s mission, vision and values through both behavior and job performance and adheres to policies, procedures, Compliance Plan and Standards of Conduct on a day to day basis
  • Effectively interacts and communicates with other MHP staff/clients/customers/partners/etc.
  • Regular and consistent attendance is required to perform other essential functions of the job
  • Attends bimonthly team meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills & Other Requirements


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be licensed or license-eligible LPC, LMFT, LCSW or Psychologist. A license is preferred.
  • Previous experience in crisis work is preferred
  • Meets the requirements of applicable federal, state, and organizational background checks
  • Must have reliable transportation to respond to calls for service.
  • Must be at least 21 and have a Colorado driver’s license along with reliable transportation
  • My be required to work evenings and/or one weekend day


  • Ability to quickly create working alliance with client
  • Working knowledge of major mental illness, traumatic brain injury, dementia, trauma informed care, intellectual/developmental disabilities, substance use disorders, suicide assessment, safety planning, and crisis de-escalation
  • Ability to make rapid assessments and multi-axial diagnoses through interactions with clients and collaterals
  • Ability to tolerate distress and function in highly stressful situations
  • Ability to give and receive peer-to-peer feedback
  • Ability to triage and prioritize clients according to work flow
  • Excellent communication and strong writing skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Intermediate computer skills
  • Some knowledge of psychiatric medications
  • Knowledge of substance abuse, including symptoms of intoxication and withdrawal
  • Knowledge of community resources and ability to make appropriate referrals, required
  • Ability to work nights or weekends
  • Advanced computer skills including use of electronic health record and MS Office products and the ability to learn new tools as needed
  • Bicultural/Bilingual (Spanish) preferred

Working Environment

  • Primarily works within police departments and in the community, including businesses, homes, community agency sites, hospital emergency rooms, assisted living facilities, jails, and juvenile detention facilities
  • Must be able to work in a shared office space with frequent interruptions
  • May be exposed to some unsanitary home environments
  • Includes working with people in acute distress or crisis
  • Must be able to develop rapport and maintain working relationship with law enforcement agencies
  • May require travel to several MHP sites throughout Boulder county to attend meetings

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Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Mental Health.

Job expires in 14 days.

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