50-minute appointment with a Law Enforcement mental health provider. During the check-in, we are not providing therapy or a diagnosis. It’s more like a conversation. The only documentation for the wellness check-ins is the signed consent form. Confidentiality is critical and the only information that goes back to the department is a check mark next to the officer’s name saying that they did what they needed to do.
The World Health Organization defines a critical incident as an event out of the range of normal experience – one which is sudden and unexpected, involves the perception of a threat to life and can include elements of physical and emotional loss. We typically open this up to any sworn officer or staff who believes they have experienced a critical incident and wants to receive support services. Most departments choose up to five sessions with an Ellie Mental Health provider who has experience working with law enforcement.
Wellness check-ins are a good steppingstone to therapy. Sometimes after people have a chance to sit down and talk about how things are going in their life, they recognize that they may benefit from getting set up with a therapist. Many departments have chosen to offer a pool of additional sessions for their staff to use. The average is 3-5 sessions per person. One of the benefits of the department covering the cost of additional sessions is that there aren’t records kept like when using insurance.
Clinical providers who specialize in peer support can be assigned to your department to help develop your peer support team and have the following ongoing responsibilities:
1) Monitoring the mental wellness of peer support team members
2) Serving as a “back-up” when peer support interactions needs to be escalated to a mental health provider
3) Serving as a person to debrief with and/or offer referrals
4) Providing continued training and education to the peer support team members.
Our Law Enforcement and First Responder Program has 3 medication management providers who specifically work with law enforcement, first responders, and veterans. They’re specially trained to work with this population and understand the importance of anonymity and confidentiality.
We offer a variety of training such as a 2-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Mental Health First Aid, Peer Support Team training, POST-approved mental health training, and customized training as needed.
If an agency has experienced a critical incident or even if a few officers had a rough shift, a couple of our providers can come out to the department to provide individual or group support.
In the unfortunate event of a suicide within your department or agency, immediate support is available in regard to messaging, notifications, individual, and group support.