WPD has sought grants and funding every year since 2016 to add embedded social workers to WPD to help with mental health-related calls. This opportunity became a reality in collaboration with the Department for Children and Families.
Two Community Support Specialists (CSS) are embedded within the police department and assist WPD in connecting families with public health programs for parent skill building, mental health or substance abuse services, and similar safety network supports.
The goal of the two non-commissioned staff employees is to assist law enforcement in responding to incidents involving children at risk because of abuse, neglect, or are otherwise in need of early intervention for a safe and supportive environment.
The CSS will improve communication between social services and law enforcement in Wichita and allow for quicker response to resources and assistance in certain cases.
If you have questions for the WPD CSS or have resources to provide them, please feel free to contact them.
Y'Teva has a Bachelor's degree in Leisure Youth and Human Services and a Masters degree in Health Administration. Y'Teva started with the Police Department in 2014 working at the Case Desk, Alarms, Housing, and the 6th floor. Y'Teva's background also includes case management for a total of 10 years with various agencies working with early childhood intervention services. Y'Teva worked for 5 years at the Department for Children and Families at EES.
Allyson is a Licensed Social Worker with her Bachelor's degree. She graduated from Wichita State University in 2003, she completed her Masters degree in Social Work in 2006. Allyson has worked at COMCARE with SED children; Youthville Inc. with the foster care population; DCCCA with the licensed foster parents; and 10 years with the Department for Children and Families (DCF) as a Protection and Prevention Social worker. Allyson was placed in the Exploited and Missing Child Unit, investigating sexual abuse, Human Trafficking, and severe child abuse cases for 6 years.