Crisis Police Liaison
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Who we are:
The Opportunity Alliance (TOA) is a multi-service, comprehensive, high impact organization providing 46 integrated community based and clinical programs serving more than 20,000 people annually throughout the state of Maine. We work with people to help them build better lives by providing leadership, advocacy, and support to address their needs as individuals, as families, and as part of a greater community. TOA focuses on the most pressing issues community members are facing right now, including poverty, homelessness, mental difficulties, substance abuse, and domestic violence, through a wide variety of practices and community resources.
What is your purpose today?
The Mobile Crisis Response and Outreach Program is hiring for a Crisis Police Liaison at the Portland Police Department.
The Police Liaison staff works primarily under the agreement between the Opportunity Alliance and the Portland Police Department, providing immediate intervention as identified and appropriate to the provision of crisis services. This individual supports the police department by co responding with officers to calls for service to stabilize individuals experience a mental health or substance use crisis. The staff will provide onsite crisis assessment and intervention planning, risk determination for harm to self or others and general mental health consultations as needed. The person in this position will also coordinate with catchment area Police Departments, as available, to aid directly or to coordinate with the Cumberland County Crisis Response team (CCCR) regarding emergency psychiatric needs and short-term follow-up. This individual will also engage in community outreach and education around general crisis work, substance use, and mental health related issues. Additionally, they will actively work on increasing communication between the CCCR, Portland Police Department and other local provider agencies.
This is a full-time, 40/hour a week hourly position with administrative offices located in Portland, Maine. This position that will need to be on site in Portland, Maine.
Bachelor's level minimum in Human Science field, or Criminology with adult mental health experience. Master's level preferred in either. Must be able to achieve MHRT-CSP (crisis services provider) certification within 30 days of hire.
Must be able to meet all CCCR and Police Department standards and qualifications as required.
Must demonstrate ability to work across differing systems, within a team framework, which encompass different rules, governing policies and leadership styles across cultural perspectives required.
Must be able to demonstrate a belief that recovery is possible and maintain agency perspectives of recovery and treatment that is guided by the needs of the client.
Experience with crisis intervention, psychiatric triage and advocacy preferred.
Ability to respond to major incidents and psychiatric trauma required.
Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office, E-mail, and the Internet required.
Contracts that have Rider D: Must be able to successfully pass a criminal background, child protective service check & sex offender check.
Must not be on the state or federal suspension and disbarment list.
Normal office conditions such as sitting, with occasional standing, walking, reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, typing and lifting up to 10 pounds.
Driving may be necessary to attend meetings and trainings and for the occasional need to meet with clients offsite and within the program service area. This may include transportation of clients or driving to agency location to complete work. A good driving record is required.
Pay is competitive and will be based on experience and education.
The Opportunity Alliance has an extensive benefit package. Explore here:
Our benefits include but are not limited to:
Generous paid time off
9 paid holidays per calendar year and up to 3 floating holidays per calendar year
Excellent medical benefits at very reasonable cost
Dental and Vision insurance options
Agency paid basic life insurance and STD & LTD disability insurances
403(b) retirement with a generous agency match
Student Loan Forgiveness: The Opportunity Alliance (TOA) is a qualified employer under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. This means that if you have a student loan and meet certain criteria, you may be eligible for loan forgiveness while working for us.
Additional information about benefits offered by TOA and eligibility requirements will be explained upon hire.
The Opportunity Alliance is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
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