Sworn In Mental Health Crisis Workers Will Be Paired With Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Deputies

Sworn In Mental Health Crisis Workers Will Be Paired With Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Deputies

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.

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