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Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Co-Responder 


Wyandot BHN is seeking a dedicated CIT Co-Responder to provide behavioral health services in partnership with the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department (KCKPD). The program is designed to provide crisis mental health interventions on-site, in conjunction with, Law Enforcement personnel. This position is an employee of Wyandot Center for Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. and reports directly to the Director of Crisis & Access Services.

Position Summary:
The CIT Co-Responder is embedded within the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department and will respond with officers to calls for or from citizens who appear to have a mental health or substance use concern.
The CIT Co- Responder will assist in de-escalation; assess the immediate needs of the individual (suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, psychosis, psychiatric services, housing, food, medications, medical issues etc.) with the goal of crisis stabilization. These clinicians will also assist with linkage to appropriate mental health, substance abuse, and medical providers as appropriate. Written referrals are also received from officers after an encounter. Other responsibilities may include participating in facilitation of CIT Training for law enforcement officers, Ride-along's, Shift change updates. This position will be 40 hours per week and will necessitate carrying a KCKPD provided cell phone, pager, and police radio during work hours. There will be flexible scheduling with main work hours of 10:00 AM-6:00PM Monday through Friday. Successful participation and completion of the 40-hour CIT Officer Training required within six months of hire.

Job Location(s):

The co-responder is an employee of WC, but will have office space and a vehicle provided by Kansas City, Kansas Police Department (KCKPD). Assigned duties will occur primarily in the community.

Essential Job Fuctions:

  • Conducts comprehensive clinical assessments and inpatient psychiatric screens as a part of the diagnostic process, ongoing provision of services, and/or crisis intervention; identifies individual needs and diagnoses substance use and/or mental health disorders; assesses individual risk for suicide and other safety related concerns; determines the need for medication evaluation and referral; interprets and communicates relevant information to individuals, families, and other stakeholders. Works closely with law enforcement and crisis intervention personnel to problem solve complex situations and develop plans for immediate and appropriate interventions.
  • Coordinates and facilitates referrals to appropriate services in the community, including but not limited to mental health care and substance use services. Link and refer individuals to other needed resources in the community. Facilitate activation of benefits for all individuals who meet criteria. Work with individuals until clearly linked with community providers who can assume ongoing treatment services.
  • Conducts hospital admission screens and oversees the admission process as needed.
  • Strives to develop intervention plans that prevent or reduce admissions to jail and hospital, when other interventions can meet the needs.
  • Prepared to quickly respond to calls at all times during a shift. (The CR will park away from scene until the responding officer secures the scene and signals the CR to enter scene).
  • If determined the individual needs to go to an emergency room, police will provide transportation (if there is no urgent medical need). CR will meet at hospital and remain until disposition is determined by hospital.
  • Follows all safety protocols as determined by the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department. Understands and follows the guidelines and policies of the Wyandot Center and the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department. Expected to follow all clinical policies and procedures from Wyandot Center and KCKPD as applicable to this position, including those related to confidentiality, release of information and record keeping.
  • Expected to demonstrate customer service focus, good communication and professionalism with consumers, co-workers and outside agency personnel in order to provide high quality services and to enhance community relationships.
  • Understands that law enforcement at the scene will always be considered the lead throughout the intervention, and that mental health co-responder is acting in the role of consultant. LEO will consult with CR recommendations and will make final decision on disposition.
  • CR will follow all safety protocols determined by KCKPD. CR will complete any occurrence/incident reports as necessary.
  • CR will follow-up with those referred to WC services by reviewing electronic medical record. CR will attempt contact by phone or in person. CR will email supervisor and ESS team leader for follow-up that needs to occur during daytime hours. CR will email supervisor and ICS teams regarding referrals to crisis clinic.
  • CR and a CIT officer will designate time each week to do follow up visits with high risk individuals.
  • Provide and maintain accurate documentation of one's interventions or attempts for all clients. This includes record keeping in Cerner Behavioral Health and excel for monthly reports. Must complete required documentation legibly, within established timelines, and to accepted standards of practice. All contacts will be documented within Wyandot Center documentation timeframe.
  • Contributes positively to the development of new programming and demonstrates solution-focused leadership abilities.
  • Monitors program data and develops reports to ensure appropriate accountability.
  • Develops and maintains effective communication with law enforcement personnel, as well as mental health service providers.
  • Attend and participate as an active member in the Justice Involved Support Team meetings.
  • Coordinates with 24/7 crisis line contractor to assure quality and timeliness of crisis interventions.
  • Confers with various Center staff to ensure optimum consumer care and documentation accountability.
  • Models and inspires flexibility and creativity in the delivery of clinical services.
  • Adheres to and remains compliant with Medicaid, State licensing regulations, grant and other contractual standards.
  • Assist in program related activities to include data collection, reports, conferences and relevant trainings.


Other Job Functions:

  • Complies with all relevant Center policies and procedures.
  • Performs other related duties as deemed appropriate by immediate supervisor or designate.
Position Requirements

Job Requirements:

  • Must be Qualified / Licensed Mental Health Professional, with preference given to clinical licensure.
  • Must have experience providing crisis intervention services and
  • Must have familiarity with Trauma-Informed systems of care.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including both oral and written.
  • Relevant experience in mental health emergency services.
  • Ability to recognize and be sensitive to cultural and ethnic differences.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with personnel from multiple systems, including law enforcement and mental health service agencies.
  • Ability to provide direction for programming and planning purposes.
  • Must be able to safely perform essential job functions, with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Clearance through the Kansas Child Abuse/Neglect Register and criminal background check.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Hours Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:30pm, could vary with need of KCKPD  
Pay Range Salary Range $55k-60 Yearly  
Division Wyandot Center  
About the Organization Wyandot Behavioral Health Network (Wyandot BHN) is a family of organizations serving the behavioral health needs of Wyandotte County, Kansas, and beyond.

Our network of organizations provides resources for adults, children and families in need of behavioral health services; individuals experiencing homelessness; assistance with housing, employment, and other needs.

Wyandot BHN organizations include:

• Kim Wilson Housing, Inc. - Supportive housing program
• RSI - 24/7 Crisis Center
• PACES - Children & adolescents behavioral health care center
• Wyandot Center - Adult behavioral health care center  
EOE Statement Wyandot Behavioral Health Network's family of organizations: Kim Wilson Housing, PACES, RSI and Wyandot Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

It is the policy of Wyandot Behavioral Health Network to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender (to include orientation, identity or expression), disability, handicap, age, or any other basis prohibited by law. Any act of retaliation or discrimination against any person who has filed a complaint or assisted or participated in any investigation involving a complaint is prohibited.

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