Volunteer Metro Mental Health Co-Responder

Volunteer Metro Mental Health Co-Responder- Mental Health Unit


As partners with the community, Unified Police Department will provide the highest quality law enforcement services to minimize crime and maximize confidence, safety, and quality of life. We serve and protect every member of our community, through integrity, cooperation, and understanding, we strive to reinforce our core values of integrity, respect, and professionalism.

The main objective of the mental health unit is to co-respond as a law enforcement and mental health professional team, to reduce the potential of violence during police contacts involving people suffering from mental illness, while simultaneously assessing mental health services available to assist them. Additional duties include providing rapid response, assess the individual, and resolve crisis situations that involve children and adult who are presumed or known to have a behavioral disorder, with a crisis or long-term resolution through case management as determined necessary.

Essential functions of the mental health unit include:

  • Triage/screening, including explicit screening for suicidality
  • Assessment
  • De-escalation/resolution
  • Peer Support
  • Coordination with medical and behavioral health services
  • Crisis Response planning and follow-up (Safety planning)
  • Case management


  • Provides immediate co-response and crisis treatment to persons in crisis and their families requesting assistance.
  • Arrange appropriate follow-up or referral for each mental health case.
  • Complete documentation for each mental health contact in the Record Management System.
  • May participate in partnership conferences and collaboration meetings with community health agencies to facilitate continuity of care and coordination of services.
  • Responds to assist health and service agencies, families, and general calls for service to provide consultation as needed.
  • Plans and participates in the mental health unit meetings.
  • Assists with community outreach activities.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Abilities to perform the essential functions of the job outlined above.
  • Care is appropriate to the population served.
  • Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the persons served.


Qualifications Licenses Required

  • Basic Life Support Care Provider card through American Heart Association or obtain within six months of hire.
  • Pass a thorough and extensive background investigation, including but not limited to, past work history, a criminal history check, and credit history check.

One of the following:

  • Current Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) certificate for clinical practice in the State of Utah.
  • Current Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) certificate for clinical practice in the State of Utah.

Qualifications (Preferred)

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intermediate work that may exert up to 50 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving objects while providing patient care to those requiring psychiatric care.

Physical Requirements

Far Vision, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Walking

Employment Type: Volunteer

Shift: Various / Negotiable

Work Schedule: Various / Negotiabler

Commitment: 1 Year

We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteer Metro Mental Health Co-Responder Application

To apply for this volunteer position, please complete the following form:


Division Chief Wayne Dial


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