Co-Responder Clinician within Troy Police Department • CMHAM - Community Mental Health Association of Michigan
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Co-Responder Clinician within Troy Police Department

Agency Name: Oakland Community Health Network

Agency Contact: Michele Williams

  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • County: Other
  • Salary Range: 65,000 per Year
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Job Title: Co-Responder Clinician within Troy Police Department
Reports to: Manager of Justice Initiatives, OCHN
Starting Salary: $65,000 (Annually)

The Co-Responder Clinician serves as an OCHN team member, who is embedded in a law enforcement setting. The position works with law enforcement to provide case consultation, crisis intervention, service coordination, and referrals/linkage to resources for individuals, who were identified as requiring mental health/substance use-related supports. Duties will be performed in the communities patrolled by the Troy Police Department Office, with primary focus in Troy, and other communities as call data indicates the need. The Co-Responder Clinician represents OCHN, while coordinating between law enforcement, the service provider network, and citizens to foster cross-system collaboration and navigation.

Essential Functions:
• Provides mobile response to a variety of community settings upon law enforcement’s request/referral, including homes, businesses, shelters, etc.
• Provides face-to-face crisis intervention to help de-escalate and/or stabilize individuals in crisis and prevent further criminal justice involvement, when possible.
• Initiates existing crisis response from OCHN safety net system.
• Completes or arranges for Access Eligibility Screenings, as needed. Determine eligibility for Medicaid specialty services, and appropriate level of care by utilizing clinical, and level of care tools.
• As needed, coordinates with OCHN Access Department and/or Sober Support Unit for higher level of care substance use disorder treatment services for persons with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
• Provides referrals to multiple community resources and communicate these resources to individuals who are in need and/or do not meet criteria for OCHN services.
• Documents all interactions in Electronic Medical Record for person served through OCHN provider network.
• Ensures necessary releases are obtained to allow for cross-system collaboration.
• Coordinates with provider network, through on-call if needed, for follow-up appointments. Provides individual with appointment confirmation, address to provider and other pertinent information.
• Connects out-of-county individuals with appropriate CMH contact.
• Provides follow-up and support services to individuals to ensure their engagement in services.
• Follows protocols and policies as outlined by OCHN and law enforcement agencies.
• Develops rapport and maintains strong working relationships with law enforcement and stakeholders.
• Assists with training implementation for internal and external partners as appropriate.
• Identifies gaps, system barriers and community needs through Interagency collaboration.
• Tracks and collects data points, as identified.
• Attends Behavioral Health Justice Collaborative, Co-Responder Advisory Committee, and other required internal or external meetings.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

• Master’s degree in mental health field.
Training Requirements (licenses, programs, or certificates):
• State of Michigan licenses, certification and / or registrations as Psychologist (LLP, LP), Social Worker (LMSW, LLMSW), Counselor (LPC, LLPC), or Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).
• CAFAS, LOCUS and ASAM training preferred.

• Minimum of 5 years relevant experience in providing services to Individual’s with Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities or Adults with Mental Illness and/or persons with substance use / co-occurring disorders. Experience with Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance may be considered.
• Experience in Crisis Intervention and De-escalation methods.
• Preference for psychiatric experience in one or more of the following areas: screening, and assessment of children and adults with mental health, substance use, and/or developmental disabilities.
• Preference for experience in providing clinical services in the public sector.

Knowledge Requirements:
• Working knowledge of Michigan Mental Health Code.
• Knowledge of HIPAA and 42CFR Part2 privacy and security requirements.
• Knowledge of in-patient criteria.
• Knowledge of protocols related to acute care and transitions in care.
• Knowledge of services and supports in a crisis continuum of care.
• Knowledge of the Petition and Certification process.
• Knowledge of Recipient Rights.
• Demonstrates high level of interpersonal skills both in direct personal interactions and on the telephone.
• Demonstrates ability to work independently in the field, while also functioning as a member of a larger team.
• Demonstrates effective problem-solving skills.
• Demonstrates high level of oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated effective computer skills.
In addition, the following are preferred competencies:
• Demonstrated experience in data collection, report writing and outcome measurement.
• Demonstrates understanding and commitment to honoring the choice of individuals served by OCHN and, if applicable, its provider network.
• Demonstrates ability to handle a high volume of relatively complex assignments accurately and timely.
• Demonstrates organizational skills needed to establish procedures and maintain files and records.
• Knowledge of the OCHN system, providers, eligibility criteria, and community referral resources.
• Knowledge of community policing practices.
• Knowledge of DSM-IV TR and DSM-V criteria.
• Knowledge of Michigan Mental Health Code.
• Understanding of recipient rights policies.

Core Competencies:
• Interacting with others in a way that gives them confidence in one’s intentions and those of the organization; maintaining social, ethical, and organizational norms; firmly adhering to codes of conduct and ethical principles. (Integrity/Building Trust)
• Making customers and their needs a primary focus of one’s actions; developing and sustaining productive customer relationships, recognizing that the ultimate customer is the person served. (Customer Focus)
• Actively identifying new areas for learning; regularly creating and taking advantage of learning opportunities; using newly gained knowledge and skill on the job and learning through their application. (Continuous Learning)
• Setting high standards of performance for self and others; assuming responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-imposing standards of excellence in addition to consciously adopting organizational standards of excellence. (Work Standards)
• Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message. (Communication)
Special Information:
• Work schedule: To be determined by the peak times of demand. Tentative schedule to include four 10-hour shifts per week.
• Work performed primarily within law enforcement stations and in various community settings.
• Must have available means of transportation to and from OCHN, assigned work location, and for required offsite meetings.
• Must possess and maintain a valid Michigan driver’s license.
• Must successfully pass a background check by law enforcement in the partner communities.
• Must be available for meetings and other required events which may occur outside of assigned work hours.
• The ideal candidate must be able to complete all physical requirements of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Instructions for applying for the position on OCHN’s Career Page:
Log into the website:, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Careers link. The link can be found under the Quick Links Heading. To apply for an open position, you must right-click on the job posting link to open it in a new tab.

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