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Behavioral Health Network

417 Liberty Street
SPRINGFIELD, MA 01104
Salary Range:Location:
SPRINGFIELD, MA
Job Type:Category:
Full TimeHealthcare Office
Education Level:Work Experience:
Bachelor's Degree
Preference: Preferred

Preference: Nice to have
Description:
Use your knowledge and passion for law enforcement to help shape crisis intervention in your community!

Join our team of competent and compassionate professionals as a Police Consultant in the Crisis Intervention Team at Behavioral Health Network! Police Consultants cover all aspects of the creation and implementation of Crisis Intervention Team – Training and Technical Assistance Center (CIT-TTAC) trainings for law enforcement. Among their coordinating activities, Police Consultants co-facilitate trainings for law enforcement and behavioral health providers, assist in coordination of the trainings, develop and update training content as needed, assist in responding to law enforcement questions and concerns, and act as a liaison between behavioral health staff and law enforcement. They contact the Program Coordinator with protocol concerns or additional questions about law enforcement specific issues. Finally, Police Consultants have the chance to engage in their communities by reaching out and providing information about the CIT program model to law enforcement agencies, connecting new agencies with CIT programming and assisting law enforcement agencies in developing collaborative efforts with behavioral health and community providers.

BHN’s Crisis Intervention Team Training and Technical Assistance Center (CIT-TTAC) provides trainings for police officers in Western MA to reach crisis resolution and improve de-escalation skills when responding to persons experiencing emotional disturbances. We realize that police are often called upon to respond to situations in which mental illness and/or substance use play a huge part. Officers complete our formal, 40-hour training covering topics including, but not limited to: mental illness, substance abuse, the mental health system and available local resources, crisis resolution and de-escalation techniques, suicide, trauma, site visits of behavioral health treatment facilities and perspectives from family and individuals regarding living with mental health issues. All officers that complete the training are certified as CIT trained officers, receive their certificates of completion, and are recognized as CIT trained officers by the state. Through the CIT training and ongoing partnership, we can teach skills to assist officers when responding to individuals and families dealing with these issues and also provide the tools and resources to get them the help they may need. Departments currently involved include: Amherst, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Fitchburg, Greenfield, Holyoke, Northampton, South Hadley, Springfield, Ware, West Springfield, and Westfield, MA. We are always reaching out to new police departments to introduce the CIT model and get them involved in order to better serve the community at large.

Behavioral Health Network is a growing non-profit community behavioral health agency that has been providing services to children, adults, families and communities in Western Massachusetts since 1938. BHN provides comprehensive, outcome-driven behavioral health care. We are dedicated to offering high quality, affordable and culturally appropriate care to people of all ages and income levels in our constituent communities.
Requirements:
Police Consultants at Behavioral Health Network have the following qualities:
• Knowledge of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program model (required).
• Experience collaborating with behavioral health treatment providers (required).
• Able to communicate effectively orally and in writing (required).
• Ability to display empathic skills and establish rapport with individuals served, family members, service providers and law enforcement (required).
• Familiarity with internet, word processing and email systems (required).
• Reliable transportation during each shift to attend CIT related events (required).
• Knowledge of delivery systems, organizational skills, understanding crisis intervention.
• Experience in training development and facilitation (required).
• Are current or retired police officers with knowledge of CIT program model (required).
• Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Psychology or associated field (preferred).

If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit our website at www.bhnworks.org and click on “Browse All Jobs” to apply!

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