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Police departments contract with Canvas Health to detail clinical social workers for co-response to mental health, homelessness, substance use disorders, and other quality-of-life issues.

Embedded clinical social workers are employed by Canvas Health, receive clinical supervision, and make direct referrals to county crisis services. When needed, they consult with other mental health and substance use disorder professionals on the best type of care and resources to offer individuals and families.

How the program works

Canvas Health social workers are currently embedded within the Columbia Heights, Minnesota, Police Department and Fridley, Minnesota, Police Departments.

Each day, a social worker is assigned a patrol officer and responds with them to in-progress calls that involve (or are likely to involve) mental health, behavior, or emotional issues. The social worker, who does not wear a police uniform and is unarmed, provides de-escalation and stabilization for individuals who are in crisis.

In addition to responding to calls in progress, social workers follow up with individuals who have been identified as likely to benefit from services and help connect those individuals to resources and services.

Collaborative Crisis Intervention Response Program Data – Columbia Heights Program: 2023

   

Reports

Police Executive Research Forum Report Columbia Heights Police Department Case Study: Rethinking the Police Response to Mental Health-Related Calls – Promising Models
Read the full report here.

In the Media & Community

KARE11: Columbia Heights Police Department touts successful embedded social worker program
Roll Call – Columbia Heights Police Department Podcast: Embedded Mental Health Expert Eileen Sowry
Canvas Health Blog: Success Story: Columbia Heights Embedded Social Worker Program
Anoka County Board of Directors Meeting – Crisis Services Presentation

Awards

2022 T. Nightingale Community Policing Award

For more information:
Dr. Khu Thao, CEO
info@canvashealth.org
(651) 777-5222

Job openings:
Canvas Health is currently hiring for an Embedded Police Mental Health Professional to work in the Columbia Heights Police Department. Apply here.

Meet The Team

Torrey Jess

Jessica Torrey, LICSW

Mental Health Crisis Services Supervisor, Anoka Mobile Crisis Response

Starting where the client is at and building a trusting and safe rapport is the key to supporting change and improving one’s mental health. It takes courage to seek therapy or crisis services. Our job is to honor that courage and assist clients in recognizing their own strengths and build on them.

Clinic Locations

  • Coon Rapids Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Clinic and Anoka County Crisis Services

Mobile Crisis Services

  • Anoka County Mobile Crisis
  • Ages Served: All Ages
  • Diagnostic Assessments, Crisis Intervention, Depression, Anxiety, ASD and impact on families

Professional Experience

20+ years of experience working with children and family, adults, and the elderly in schools, community/home and clinic settings conducting diagnostic assessments, building skills, providing psychotherapy and coordinating care.

Education

  • Master of Social Work – College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas
  • Paralegal Certificate – Minnesota Legal Assistant Institute
  • Bachelor of Arts- Business Management; Minor Psychology – Hamline University

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

Crisis Response

In Anoka County, receive immediate assistance if you are experiencing a mental health crisis by calling  (763) 755-3801.

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Erin Buller, MSW, LICSW

Embedded Police Mental Health Professional

Start where the client is. Don’t be afraid to think out-of-the-box and get creative.

Clinic Locations

  • Coon Rapids Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Clinic and Anoka County Crisis Services

Police & Crisis Co-Response

  • Ages Served: 6 and older
  • Mental health, crisis response, long-term community supports, law enforcement and court engagement.
  • Behavioral Problems, Trauma, Self Esteem, Self-Worth, Emotional Regulation, Emotional Disregulation, Grief, Self Harm, Suicidal Ideation, Crisis Assessments and De-escalation, Symptom Management

Professional Experience

  • American Red Cross Disaster Services
  • Substance use residential treatment
  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
  • Chronic homelessness case management
  • MnCHOICES assessments
  • Domestic violence
  • Police-embedded social work
  • Restorative Court

Education

  • Master of Social Work - Loyola University Chicago
  • Master of Jurisprudence in Child and Family Law - Loyola University Chicago

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
Sowry, Eileen

Eileen Crosby, MSW, LISCW

Embedded Police Mental Health Professional

I believe in meeting people where they are at — taking to understand them as the unique person they are.

Clinic Locations

  • Coon Rapids Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Clinic and Anoka County Crisis Services

Specialty Areas

  • Embedded Police Mental Health Professional
  • Ages Served: All
  • Behavioral Problems, Substance Use Disorders, Domestic Violence, Emotional Disregulation, Self Harm, Co-Occurring Disorders

Professional Experience

I have experience working with justice system involved individuals who are also experiencing mental health symptoms and/or substance use concerns. I have particular experience working with those experiencing suicidal ideation or psychotic symptoms.

Education

  • Bachelor's of Science in Social Work - Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Master's of Science in Social Work - Our Lady of the Lake University

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
  • Master's of Social Work (MSW)

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