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Three full-time mental health crisis workers — Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office staffers who will be paired with deputies to respond to service calls involving mental illness, behavioral health crisis and emotionally charged situations — are now on the job.
The licensed clinicians were sworn in the by the sheriff on Thursday morning and their duties will include de-escalating situations and procuring additional help and support for people with mental health service needs, according to the sheriff’s office.
We just hired our first 3 mental health crisis workers/co-responders. These licensed clinicians were sworn in by the sheriff. They’ll be paired w/deputies to respond to calls that involve mental illness, help de-escalate situations & get people the appropriate services they need. pic.twitter.com/xvEcbgw0SC
— Arapahoe Sheriff (@ArapahoeSO) June 10, 2021
The Behavioral Health Response Program combines the experience and expertise of deputies with behavioral health specialists to better service the public while broadening the sheriff’s office response. The co-responders will provide clinical assessments while “relieving deputies of providing behavioral health services that have generally been placed on them,” according to the sheriff’s office. The co-responder crisis staffers will assist with mandatory reporting to appropriate agencies, and connect people with services that provide behavioral health support.