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Police Liaison, Full-time, Days

Northwestern Medicine Ben Gordon Center

Job description

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you’ll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?


The¬†Police Liaison¬†reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

The BHS/Police Coordinator is a full-time grant-funded position that reports to the Manager of Behavioral Health Services. Under the direction of the Manager, this individual will work closely with all social, medical, and other community partners to link police involved citizens to appropriate levels of care. As requested or appropriate, and agreed upon by the citizen, this person will assess, evaluate and formulate treatment plans for the continued care of the citizen.

This position will entail research, collection of data, reviewing of police reports, assisting officers with individuals exhibiting signs of mental illness and/or substance abuse, community meetings, department meetings, and performing other functions related to provision of mental health/substance use services within the community.


  • Assesses, diagnoses, and develops a treatment plan that addresses the patient’s mental health and addiction needs in collaboration with the patient/family.
  • Responds to incidents with police when individuals are expressing signs of a mental health crisis.
  • Develops an ongoing treatment plan with the patient/family for mental health and addiction.
  • Provides individual/family/group therapy and teaches/reinforces psychoeducation and coping skills for patients and families.
  • Assesses, collaborates, and coordinates patient’s discharge planning needs and readiness for discharge with other members of the healthcare team.
  • Identifies and refers patients to appropriate community resources for follow-up care.
  • Serves as liaison to contributing public and social service partners.
  • Coordinates necessary reporting, prepares reports and other pertinent documentation as requested.
  • Reviews police reports to determine if follow up intervention is required and referrals to community resources and/or social services need to be made.
  • Coordinates, attends, and leads multidisciplinary and community teams as directed.



  • Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, or other Behavioral Health related field
  • Valid Drivers License


  • Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, or other Behavioral Health related field

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

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