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Crisis Clinician (Mental Health Co-Responder)

What You'll Be Paid (actual pay depends on qualifications): $31.35 - $47.02/hour
How It's Classified: Full time, Regular (40 hrs, Full Benefits)
The Work Schedule: Varies - see posting
The Location: Leawood/Prairie Village, Lenexa, Shawnee & Overland Park Police Departments
Where To Apply:

Johnson County has implemented a skill-based pay plan of up to $4200 annually for staff who have obtained licensure by the BSRB at the Clinical Level.

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) is looking for qualified candidates who are interested in working with individuals in acute mental health crises alongside law enforcement to fill positions of Clinician Co-Responder for the following Police Departments:  Overland Park; Lenexa and Shawnee.  These positions will work as a member of JCMHC’s Emergency Services Division but will office within the assigned police department. We offer various flexible shifts including five 8-hour shifts or four 10-hour shifts with a working lunch.  The schedule may include meetings and trainings outside of normal work hours, so flexibility is necessary.

The Mental Health Co-Responder (Licensed Crisis Clinician) positions are perfect for clinicians who like working in fast paced environments, resolving crises, and improving the intersection between law enforcement and mental health. The goals of the program include decreasing unnecessary trips to the emergency rooms, avoiding preventable arrests and reducing repeat mental health calls for the police department by connecting people to the appropriate resources. The co-responder will respond to behavioral health 911 calls alongside their respective police department, provide interventions at various locations in the community, and provide outreach by phone or in person to determine if the crisis is resolved. All in person interventions will be accompanied by a law enforcement officer.
Learn more about the co-responder program here or e-mail Jessica Murphy at

The following positions are available:

  • Leawood and Prairie Village Police Department
    • Monday – Friday 4 pm – 12 am
    • Willingness to work with candidates if they prefer working other days of the week, i.e Sunday - Thursday or start at 3pm
  • Lenexa Police Department
    • Monday – Friday 4 pm – 12 am
  • Shawnee Police Department
    • Monday – Thursday 2 pm – 12 am
  • Overland Park Police Department
    • Sunday – Wednesday 8 am – 6 pm
    • Wednesday – Saturday 2 pm – 12 am
What You’ll Do:
  • Respond in person to 911 behavioral health calls alongside law enforcement to conduct an assessment to recommend appropriate level of care, including assessing individual risk for suicide and other safety related concerns, and determining the need for resource referrals.
  • May complete State Hospital Screenings for involuntary commitments to assist with keeping individuals safe and getting critical services.
  • Review police reports and determines appropriate next steps, including follow up needs after the initial call to ensure the crisis has resolved and/or if additional resources are needed. Follow up is conducted by phone or an in-person outreach alongside a law enforcement officer.
  • Collaborate with JCMHC teams and other community agencies to advocate and partner for individuals’ needs.
  • Submit clinical documentation regarding services provided and makes necessary referrals to internal and external resources.
  • Facilitate trainings for police department regarding co-responder role and mental health related topics; participate in presentations in the community regarding the co-responder program.
What We Require:
  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or other Human Services field and Kansas Behavioral Sciences licensure at the master’s level in the area of focus are required.
  • Requires a valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record. 
*Applicants who meet Kansas licensure requirements may be considered if Kansas licensure is obtained by time of an employment offer and licensure is pending confirmation at the time of employment application. Candidates must be able to meet REJIS/KCJIS requirements (for law enforcement positions) and will be required to successfully complete a background investigation, including post-offer polygraph and drug screen, as a condition of employment.

What Also Helps:
  • Kansas Behavioral Sciences license at the clinical level and one year of experience in the area of focus is preferred.
How Often Driving Will Be Needed: Intermediate (5% to 25%) Driving will be in a city or county issued car.

For Questions: Applications are accepted only on our website, but you may contact Jessica Murphy at with questions about this position. Are you qualified for the job and interested in learning more? Contact us for the chance to shadow!

Benefits: Click here to view our full listing of employee benefits.
  • Medical, prescription drug, dental, vision
  • Disability, life insurance
  • Flexible spending & health savings accounts
  • Employee assistance program (EAP) - confidential assistance with personal, family, or work-related concerns affecting an employee’s physical or emotional health
  • 10 observed paid holidays plus three personal holidays
  • Vacation & sick leaves begin accruing the first full pay period after hire
  • Wellness programs including Peerfit points and insurance premium discount incentives
  • On-site gyms (some locations)
  • Educational reimbursement
  • In-house clinical supervision
  • Organized training program with additional in-house relevant and engaging optional events
  • Leadership Empowers All People – share your ideas and let’s make them happen!
  • Learn, change, grow – We believe in promoting from within and enabling and empowering our staff to do so.
  • Trauma-informed, strengths-based, and committed to addressing discrimination, stigma, and other social and moral determinants of health within our organization and in the community

Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $50,000 - 74,999