Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (Crisis Response Co-Responder)

$37,000 - $59,000 yearly
  • Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska
  • 124 South 24th Street, Omaha, NE, USA
  • Oct 30, 2019
Full time Case Management Licensed Mental Health Professional

Job Description

Are you looking for a full-time position where you can: 

make a difference in your community 

work in a flexible-diverse environment

& have a competitive compensation package


Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska is where you want to be.

Lutheran Family Services Crisis Response Team is seeking a Mental Health Practitioner to respond with officers to calls for or from citizens who appear to have a mental health or substance use concern. The Crisis Response Co-Responder (CR) is embedded within the Police Department.
Job PurposeAssess the immediate needs of individuals, Assist in de-escalation, with the goal of crisis stabilization, hospital and jail diversion.
Assist with linkage to appropriate mental health, substance abuse, and medical providers as appropriate. 
Respond to written referrals received from officers after an encounter and follow up in person with identified individuals. 
Participate in training efforts for law enforcement to include Ride-a long's, Shift change updates, and involvement with the Crisis Intervention Officer Training. 

Key Accountabilities
Crisis Response 

  • Conduct clinical assessments and inpatient psychiatric screens as a part of the diagnostic process, ongoing provision of services, and/or crisis intervention.
  • Assess individual risk for suicide, homicide and other safety related concerns 
  • Identifie individual needs and diagnoses substance use and/or mental health disorders
  • Provide short-term therapeutic intervention to reduce the primary symptoms and stabilize the client.
  • Develop complex treatment and intervention plans to address the clinical needs of individuals in single or multiple areas of focus;
  • Work closely with law enforcement and crisis intervention personnel to problem solve complex situations and develop plans for immediate and appropriate interventions 
  • Follow law enforcement directives while on scene to ensure safety

Coordination and Follow up

  • Collaborate with other community agencies to address immediate individual needs; encourages the establishment and maintenance of support systems; collaborates with other providers in the development, implementation, and review of plans.
  • Conduct follow up visits with high risk individuals 
  • Refer to and coordinate necessary psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring to ensure client stabilization.   
  • Educate clients on their illness and, if on medication, the necessity to take psychotropic medication as directed to reduce symptoms.  
  • Participate in interdisciplinary team meetings to address safety concerns in the community. 

Record Management

  • Completes and submits clinical documentation regarding services provided
  • utilizes electronic health record to document interactions
  • maintains accurate data entry and reporting measures

Performance Metrics

  • maintain and report data as requested based on outlined logic model

Grant Management

  • Assist in grant related activities to include data collection, reports, conferences, and relevant trainings

Job Requirements


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college in a human service program that provided preparation for professional counseling
  • Licensure as a mental health practitioner (LMHP required, LIMHP preferred) in the state of Nebraska
  • Knowledge of assessment techniques and determination of mental health status using the DSM V criteria and guidelines  
  • Working knowledge of mental health and substance abuse treatment services
  • Experience working with both youth and adults preferred
  • Excellent conflict de-escalation skills
  • Regular and predictable attendance
  • Valid vehicle operator license, proof of liability insurance and ability to drive for organization business
  • Personal convictions which are compatible with the Crisis Response Program philosophy

Loan Forgiveness?