Social Worker (LCSW), Police, Fire, Emergency

Town of Branford Job Announcement

Posting Date: May 27, 2021

Closing Date:            until filled

Job Title:  Social Worker (LCSW), Police, Fire, Emergency

Department/Location: Police Department                                 

Employment Type: Full time

Hours per Week:  40 hours a week,      Flexible Weekly Schedule As Requested

Reports to:   Executive Director/Clinical Director Branford Counseling Center

Email your Resume, Cover Letter to:


 The Branford Counseling Center and the Branford Police Departments are seeking an experienced LCSW to lead and develop the social and mental health services needed to respond to mental health incidents relating to 911 and other police/fire/emergency requests. This is a special opportunity to work with our police/fire/emergency personnel to aid in the prevention of mental health crisis by providing early identification of   community members who have potential mental health problems, victims experiencing domestic and relationship violence, families at risk and in crisis, adolescents and children in danger of harm while providing social and mental health services needed in Branford. You will be the in- house mental health professional with offices at our Police Department working with our 911 and police staff. The newly created position requires an experienced LCSW professional who will be available to meet the demanding team orientated professional requirements who will have solutions to be on-site with police, fire and other emergency law enforcement to lead mental health crisis intervention techniques with those emergencies requiring your assistance.  This professional will also be an integral team member working with the Branford Counseling Center to develop new mental health programs for the Branford community at large.

Specifically you will:

Assists Police/Fire/EMT personnel with assessments of individuals who are in a psychiatric or mental health crisis as determined through a 911 call or as requested from police personnel.

Performs an on-site psychiatric evaluation to determine a safe resolution of the individual(s) which may include issuing or assisting an emergency commitment certificate to the ED and/or clinical follow-up.  

Provides referrals and follow up to other community resources as necessary.   

Provides psychiatric assessments to individuals and/or families as requested by Town departments

Provides crisis intervention services to community as needed   

Works with public, private, non-profit and state governmental agencies to facilitate the community and mental health resources needed for the Branford community. Must attend community evening/day meetings as assigned.

Participates as a member of the Juvenile Review Board (JRB) to address juvenile criminal issues. Develops actions plans to prevent and treat current and potential juvenile mental health matters.

Prepares detailed case reports per incident to assure accurate record keeping to document client/community member interventions and services and uses appropriate tracking software to produce monthly statistics/metrics and other reports as needed.

Assists individuals in obtaining protective/restraining orders.

Leads in-house crisis intervention trainings for   emergency responders.

May assume additional clinical caseloads as assigned from the Branford Counseling Center as assigned.

Must be available to work a flexible work schedule including holidays and weekends as needed.

If you are an experienced successful LCSW who has worked with police or fire or emergency departments and have professionally responded to on site to community mental health resident’s crisis, are experienced in leading a team of multidisciplinary professionals, have strong mental health assessment knowledge, experience and skills, and are ready to start your own community mental health program as both an individual contributor and leader, we would like to hear from you. Please send your resume and letter/email of interest to .


See attached document for a full job description.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.  The Town of Branford reserves the right to limit the number of qualified candidates who will be considered for the position.   All candidates must successfully pass a substance abuse test given at the Town's expense.  The Town of Branford conducts background investigations for all positions prior to hiring.  Refusal to sign the release form will terminate the candidate from further consideration.



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