Co-Responder Initiative | Monthly Vulnerable Populations Report



Golden PD utilizes a Co-Responder model to better address both emergency mental health crisis calls, such as suicidal individuals, as well as non-emergency mental and behavioral health related calls such as conducting welfare checks and connecting vulnerable populations (homeless, elderly, children and youth, mentally ill, substance abuse, etc.) to community services and resources. The co-responder model draws upon the combined expertise of police officers and mental health professionals to provide the right resources and assure the best possible outcome for the citizens of Golden experiencing crisis. 

Golden currently employs one co-responder who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  

  • If you need police assistance for an emergency mental health crisis, please call 911. You can ask for a co-responder or Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) response and if available, the co-responder will accompany officers on the call.  

  • If you are unsure if you need police assistance but are still experiencing a mental health crisis, please call Colorado Crisis Services (844-493-8255). This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   

  • In non-emergency/crisis situations, you may contact the co-responder directly. Please keep in mind the primary role of the co-responder in these contacts will be to help problem solve and get you or your loved one connected to services and resources in the community (counseling, substance use treatment, food resources, housing resources, support groups, etc.). 

Elizabeth Gallagher, LCSW

(303) 277-8767

Learn more about local mental health services.

Learn more about the Jefferson County Regional Crisis Intervention Team.