Community Response Team (CRT)

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.

Let’s Talk

If you or someone you know feels isolated or is struggling with the daily stresses of life, you are not alone. Our goal is to make sure that no one feels all hope is lost. We understand and want to help. Contact information is below, so let’s talk.

  • Community Response Team: 303-663-6100
  • National Suicide Hotline: 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text: 38255
  • Chat online:

For more information: CRT Printable Brochure (PDF)

Meet the team

Tinesha Younger-Qualls, LPCC

Clinician Younger-Qualls earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health from Argosy University Denver. She has worked with youth and their families in various treatment modalities including substance use treatment, structural and strategic family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and behavioral therapy. Tinesha is currently working on her license in professional counseling as well as her license in addiction.

Co-Responder team member Tinesha Younger-Qualls

Officer Tom O'Donnell

Officer O’Donnell has served in law enforcement for more than 18 years. During his tenure with the Castle Rock Police Department he has worked in patrol, K9 Unit, and serves on SWAT. He is certified as a Crisis Intervention Technician which assists him in deescalating situations and rendering help to community members. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Bemidji (MN) State University. 

Officer Tom ODonnell, Co-Responder Team member