The Mental Health Navigator (MHN) addresses acute and complex mental health needs referred to the County Attorney. The role of the MHN is to act as a liaison for community members, identified as at-risk and/or in need of service-system-support, to various human services, treatment and support agencies. In this role, the MHN does not provide any form of mental/behavioral health or substance use disorder evaluation or treatment.
The function of the MHN is to operate as part of the community system of support, exploring various resources, providing referrals and resource direction, and supporting clients in accessing community support resources. The MHN aims to fill ‘gaps’ in the system, both those that exist as a result of a client’s challenges in identifying and accessing resources and those that exist when agencies don’t substantively provide direct continuity of care. The MHN works towards providing community supports so the client can move towards holistic wellness and independent living.
The MHN may provide referral, networking and support to family members, but not evaluation/treatment. They will provide resource development, referral and access support, along with empowerment support towards individualized client goals.
The MHN had 28 unique referrals in 2019 and provided these clients with care coordination, employment resources/connections, applications for public benefits (Medicaid, food stamps, SSDI/SSI), housing resources/connections, financial support, mental health system navigation, advocacy, family support, therapy referrals, and general client support.
To coordinate those services, the MHN worked with: Help and Hope Center, Adult Protective Services (APS), Division of Vocational Rehab, Parker Adventist, Centennial Mental Health Center, All Health Network, Catholic Charities, Solange Assisted Living, Denver Springs, Centennial Peak, Freedom Choice, private therapists, Colorado Access, Rocky Mountain Human Services, Crossroads Turning Points (Circle Program), and the legal system (i.e., jail, pre-trial, LE, OCA, public defenders).