The Douglas County Mental Health Initiative unites 40 community partners to address unmet mental health needs, connect people to mental health services, and prevent those in need from falling through the cracks of the mental health system.
In May 2017, the Castle Rock Police Department (CRPD) put together a team as part of the initiative. That team consisting of a police officer and a mental health clinician to be available on calls for service that could involve mental health issues, either acute or chronic. Each team member fills a unique role to ensure safety, conduct medical clearances, and assess mental health needs.
Meet the team
Dr. Allison Shew
Dr. Shew has more than 20 years of mental health experience. She has worked in a variety of settings which include community mental health, foster care and prison systems. She has been a member of the Community Response Team since May 2018. Dr. Shew believes in a strengths-based approach that is holistic in nature and guided by the individual needs of the client. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from the University of Toledo, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of the Rockies in Colorado Springs.
Officer Wes Body
Officer Body has served in law enforcement for more than 15 years. During his tenure at Castle Rock Police, he has worked in the patrol, bike and traffic units. He is a certified Crisis Intervention Technician which assists him in deescalating situations and rendering help to community members. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Colorado Christian University and is currently working on his Master of Divinity at Denver Seminary.