Licensed Therapist- Crisis Response Team (ACTS/TPD)


This is a professional clinical position that is a member of a Co-Responder team consisting of a behavioral health clinician and a sworn officer of the Tampa Police Department (TPD). The majority of the time will be spent with law enforcement as a ride along responding alongside the police officer to the scene for calls involving behavioral health disturbances. This position will include focus on individuals identified as high utilizers of crisis stabilization units, emergency rooms, and calls for police service related to behavioral health issues. 


Essential Functions:

  • Provides crisis-oriented clinical services, including on-scene assessments of adults, juveniles, veterans, indigent individuals, etc., to assess their current issues and/or treatment needs while deescalating the situation. 
  • Serve as Subject Matter Expert (SME) related to issues of mental health and substance abuse disorders and treatment needs.
  • Identify and recommend needs of individuals identified as high utilizers of crisis stabilization units, emergency rooms, and calls for police service related to behavioral health issues.
  • Consults with law enforcement officers to determine appropriate dispositions for services, arrests, diversion from arrests, diversion from unnecessary emergency department visits, or some combination of criminal justice/behavioral health treatment involvement.
  • File Baker Acts and Marchman Acts, as deemed clinically appropriate.
  • Link and/or refer individuals in need of crisis, mental health or substance abuse services to the appropriate resources and/or community outreach programs.
  • Maintain contact with those on caseload providing a comprehensive continuum of services to promote wellness and recovery.
  • Maintain contact with care coordinators and community providers to follow up on linkage to services and service outcomes. 
  • Attends multidisciplinary treatment team meetings
  • Record and report all grant needed data for TPD and other involved entities.
  • Assists in the review and development of clinical policies, procedures and guidelines for provision of services to assure compliance with all levels of regulations
  • Other duties, as assigned
Pre-requisite Requirements:
  • Master's degree in social work, counseling, psychology or other human services
  • Current State of Florida License in Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Social Work or Marriage and Family Counseling.
  • Two (2) years of clinical service experience in a behavioral health setting

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Ability to work independently and effectively communicate well with members of the Tampa Police Department and community partners
  • Ability to make critical decisions in high stress situations
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality with police investigations and/or communications overheard
  • Excellent knowledge, education and training in the field of mental health and substance abuse
  • Ability to relate to clients from all social-economic class, race, sexual orientation and/or substance abuse/mental health problems
  • Ability to work ten (10) hour shifts and scheduled weekend day

Reports to: This position reports directly to the ACTS Program Director- Special Projects. Additional oversight will be provided by TPD personnel.  

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does not supervise others

Physical Requirements: Safety/Health Considerations: 

  • Performs duties in potentially dangerous situations under police presence
  • Prolonged periods of standing, walking and moving
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds

Work Environment: This job reports daily to TPD offices and will routinely accompany TPD officers/detectives on in the field engaging the community.  This role routinely uses computer, mobile devices and standard office equipment.

Travel: Minimal personal travel required between ACTS and TPD services locations. This position does not require overnight travel.

The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to position.

ACTS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. ACTS is an EEO/AA DFWP Employer.