Police Social Services Program
The Social Services Program of the Huntley Police Department is utilized to provide specialized assistance to residents in the community beyond the normal scope of police work. The Social Services Program is operated by the Police Social Worker (PSW). A police social worker is a liaison to the police department, the community and the various social service agencies that serve our residents. The police social worker does not provide long-term counseling, but rather assesses quality of life issues brought to the attention of the police department, attempts to stabilize those issues and provides the proper referrals and follow-up necessary to bring the situation at hand to a successful conclusion, or at least to a manageable situation moving forward.
Meghan Mumenthal, LCSW, MBA, is the Village of Huntley Police Social Worker. She received her Master of Social Work and Master of Business Administration from Aurora University in 2019 following a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a certification in Domestic Violence. PSW Mumenthal has experience working in residential and an inpatient facility. She has extensive experience in mental health, juvenile justice and domestic violence. She also has provided individual and group therapy to adults and adolescences. Prior to being hired by the Huntley Police Department, PSW Mumenthal worked inside various police departments as a social service coordinator for Association for Individual Development (A.I.D.), providing crisis intervention, referrals to community agencies, education, and emotional support.
The nature of services offered to referred individuals ranges from telephone consultation to individual assessments. The assessment involves a careful review of the subject’s psycho-social difficulties and presenting problem(s). Based upon this assessment, recommendations involve referrals to resources in the community which can best address the individual’s difficulties. Typical of these community referral possibilities are alcohol/drug treatment, psychiatric hospitals, psychiatric evaluations, domestic violence shelters for women, agencies which assist with financial difficulties, or both private and community mental health agencies.
Cost of Service
The social services provided by the Huntley Police Department are free to all Huntley residents. Crisis cases may involve non-resident individuals and have one contact with the department. They are not charged for crisis services and are usually referred to service providers within the jurisdiction of their own community.
Given the nature of law enforcement work, the police have contact with individuals and families who may experience a major personal crisis, such as a severe mental health disorder or the loss of a loved one. The Police Social Worker is available to assist the police either in person or by telephone to provide appropriate services and guidance. For example, PSW can assist first responders or family members with involuntary psychiatric hospitalization documentation and resources.
Networking with Community Resources
The Police Social Worker will seek to find, develop and maintain relationships with local community social service providers who can be responsive to the needs of the . Social service agencies looking to connect and discuss collaboration can contact the Police Social Worker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Types of Referrals
Services are not limited to victims of crime or trauma. Examples of issues/situations in which a police social worker would be utilized include:
- Mental health issues
- Chemical and/or substance abuse
- Victim advocacy
- Neighbor mediation/conflict resolution
- Elderly services
- Youth services
- Domestic Violence/Orders of Protection – view additional domestic violence resources here
- Bereavement services
- Support groups
- Liaison with area social service agencies
- Violent Crime Victim Assistance (VCVA)
- Safety planning, emergency shelter, obtaining orders of protection, court advocacy
Referrals for the department’s social worker can be placed by law enforcement, the fire department, community development personnel, and self-referral.
For more information, please contact Police Social Worker Meghan Mumenthal at email@example.com or 847-515-5386.
A listing of local and national social service resources for residents to access is also available online.