The Village of Huntley announced they hired a full-time social worker who will work on staff with the Huntley Police Department to help provide crisis intervention and other services.
The 2022 budget for Huntley authorized the creation of the new position and Meghan Mumenthal was hired as the Police Social Worker (PSW) effective January 3.
“We recognize that not all issues dealt with by law enforcement are based on criminal intent, but often issues related to mental health. Having a full-time PSW will help to ensure we are providing the best resources possible to our community on a daily basis,” the Village of Huntley said in a statement.
Mumenthal 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. She has experience in mental health, juvenile justice and domestic violence.
Mumenthal has worked with Huntley for the past two years as a part-time social service coordinator that was contracted through the Association for Individual Development.
As a full-time employee, the village said Mumenthal will be able to expand her role in providing crisis intervention, referrals to community agencies, education and emotional support to our residents.
This program will also provide support to Huntley officers and employees and play an “important role in the development of our Peer Support Program,” the village said.
Mumenthal already met with several residents and participated in a meeting that included the Huntley Police Department, Huntley Fire Protection District and Huntley Community School District 158 staff at Huntley High School.
“We are excited for the enhanced services and support she will bring to our department and the Huntley community,” the village said.