Employment Opportunities

Current Employment Opportunities with the City of Meridian:

Job Title: Mental Health Coordinator
Department: Police
Reports To: Patrol Sergeant
Open Date: August 31, 2021
Close Date: Open Until Filled
Hiring Salary: $3,811.36 - $4,868.07 per month, DOE
Salary Range: $3,811.36 – $5,714.18 per month, DOE

Job Summary:

Coordinates and collaborates with the Meridian Police Department and community partners to facilitate the delivery of mental health services to those experiencing a mental health crisis. Performs independent work related to educating law enforcement professionals to recognize signs of mental illness, intervention strategies, and with how to connect people with social services as a follow up to any police response or interaction. This work requires considerable independent discretions in decision making and initiative.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Reviews all mental health crisis calls and reports to determine cases that require follow up.

Identifies mental health consumers that require repeat law enforcement interventions and independently develops and facilitates follow up plans and actions.

Coordinates with family members and mental health community partners to facilitate delivery of services to reduce future law enforcement interventions.

Develops processes for and communicates with all law enforcement personnel regarding appropriate strategies for responding to mental health crisis calls.

Independently develops and maintains relationships with community partners to facilitate the delivery of mental health services. Serves as on-call mental health resource for mental health crises.

Develops curriculum and provides training to law enforcement personnel related to recognizing and intervening with mental health crisis calls.

Conducts presentations for community partners regarding mental health issues.

Monitors legislative changes related to mental health issues and ensures department compliance with all applicable laws.

Develops and revises department policies and procedures related to response and intervention with metal health crises.

Job Specifications:

Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in counseling, social work, psychology, or related field and two years professional work experience facilitating the delivery of mental health related programs.

Preferred education is a Master’s degree in counseling, social work, psychology, or related field and five years professional experience facilitating the delivery of mental health related programs.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Must be capable of multi-tasking, setting priorities, meeting deadlines, delegating assignments, distributing workloads;

Requires demonstrated knowledge of the internet for e-mail and browser searches;

Requires demonstrated ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing;

Requires demonstrated ability to solve problems;

Ability to work without supervision, establish priorities and organize work assignments;

Ability to train officers on work tasks;

Computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, Power Point):

Requires demonstrated knowledge of mental health statutes, community resources and mental health programming;

Requires some understanding of addiction treatment programming;

Requires a fundamental understanding of personal safety protocols while in the field;

Requires ability to create and manage a caseload;

Requires ability to prepare written documentation suitable for legal proceedings;

Must be prepared to testify in civil and criminal court proceedings;

Must be of good moral character, and successfully undergo a background investigation, polygraph exam, and drug screening.

Licensing and Certification:

Certification as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or other equivalent licensed professionals;

Valid driver’s license.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

The work environment will include inside conditions and outdoor weather conditions. Work will also be done with potentially violent individuals suffering from mental health issues. Work includes protected exposure to bodily fluids. Additional environmental conditions include: attending fatalities/suicides that include bodily fluids and being present for death notifications to families where reactions may be calm to violent.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is occasionally lifting/carrying up to 10 pounds. Also, the employee is occasionally pushing/pulling up to 10 pounds. The noise level is occasionally moderate. Work includes sensory ability to talk and hear. Work in this position also includes close vision, distance vision and peripheral vision. Employees will sit and stand. Position requires hand/finger dexterity.

Travel Requirements:

Travel may be required for training.