Colorado Police Officer's,
Director of Mental Health and Wellness,
Rebecca Allanson has a Master of Arts (Clinical Counseling) degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She also has a BSS (Criminology) from Charles Sturt University in Australia. Rebecca is currently completing her Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD) from California Southern University. Rebecca is a former police officer with over 18+ years’ experience in law enforcement. Rebecca began her career in Sydney, Australia in 1996 and served 5 ½ years with the New South Wales Police Force. She emigrated to the US and landed in Denver, Colorado, and with the Arvada Police Department in 2002. From 2002 to 2011, she served with Arvada, almost all of her experience in the Criminal Investigations Bureau (Domestic Violence and Persons Crimes). In 2011 she began working with the First Judicial District Attorney (Jefferson County) as a Special Investigator with their Special Investigations Unit. Rebecca was also a long time serving CIT member and was CIT trainer between 2006-2010. In 2015, Rebecca began a non-profit organization called Badge2Badge. B2B provides free, confidential, support meetings and resources for First Responders and support services (Police, Fire, EMS, Corrections, Dispatch and other support services).
I am the Founder/Director for Badge2Badge. We are a non-profit organization started to provide support services and resources for Colorado Emergency Responders. We run support meetings each week. Right now just one meeting at the CO FOP office on Wednesday evenings 6pm-7pm. We also run two AA meetings for Emergency Responders also.
Ph.D., LMHC, MCAP
The National Fraternal Order of Police (NFOP) has made the national behavioral treatment center FHE Health its primary provider of choice. (Read the announcement here https://fherehab.com/news/fhe-health-and-fraternal-organization-of-police/) This move signifies the NFOP’s strong commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of its more than 346,000 members, at a time when America’s police officers and families are suffering from disproportionately high rates of PTSD and other mental health conditions:
• 30 percent of first responders—namely, police officers, fire fighters and EMS personnel—will develop a behavioral health condition like PTSD as a result of their job.
• The number of cops who took their own lives in 2017 was three times that of the number of cops who were killed in the line of duty, according to a 2018 USA Today report.
• The rate of attempted suicide among first responders is steadily increasing to more than 10 times the national average.
Within this network, FHE Health is a primary provider of choice for members with intensive behavioral health needs and for their immediate family members. Here are some unique features of FHE Health that are helping us to prioritize the mental health needs of our members in Colorado:
• Expedited access to high-quality and affordable inpatient care, via FHE’s specialized treatment program for police officers and first responders (known as “Shatterproof”).
• Peer support groups consisting exclusively of police and other first responders (because these achieve better treatment outcomes for police and first responders).
• A focus on job security and retention, by taking client privacy very seriously and utilizing union affiliation and best practices.
• Trauma-based therapies that address PTSD and trauma-related mental health conditions.
• Neuro treatments that therapeutically target areas of dysfunction in the brain and speed the recovery process— so that our members can get back to helping their families and communities faster.
Shatterproof at FHE (formerly Florida House Shatterproof) employs evidence-based therapies, innovative medical care, and a comprehensive wellness program to address symptoms of PTSD, among other mental health conditions. The goal is to help police and first responders successfully manage their condition and/or achieve life-long recovery from drugs and alcohol.
Shatterproof is designed to help patients overcome specific obstacles and increase their ability to manage emotions during stressful situations without turning to self-medication. FHE’s medical team works to customize a care plan that treats the underlying issues that contribute to substance use disorders and other mental health conditions. Patients in the program meet with therapists whose experience is specialized to meet their treatment needs.
FHE’s evidence-based, holistic treatment approach addresses every individual’s physical, neurological, mental, social, emotional and spiritual well-being. The program also utilizes a peer-support group model— to improve outcomes by placing patients in a therapeutic setting where they are among their peers. This also allows patients to feel more comfortable sharing and processing sensitive experiences.
As Director of “Shatterproof,” Dr. Sachi Ananda, Ph.D., LMHC, MCAP, is responsible for providing clinical direction to FHE Health’s specialized treatment program for first responders. Her #1 goal in her job is to help first responders return as soon as possible to their roles as public servants in their communities and families.
Brooke Studied at Colorado School of Healing Arts and The Institute for Integrative Healthcare. A board certified LMT and a member of ABMP, her approach is one of combining deep relaxation and therapeutic results. Skilled in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Neuromuscular &Trigger Point Therapy, PRE/POST-natal, Reflexology, Hot Stone and Aroma Touch, Comfort Touch, Hospice Support and PTSD/I support. She enjoys drawing from these various modalities to create an individualized experience that will help each client feel their best. She accomplishes lasting results by continually taking the client deeper into a state of relaxation while simultaneously addressing the root cause of the problem areas. Applying a blend of therapeutic touch and relaxing body work customized for each client.
Brooke’s style combines clinically based deep tissue and myo-fascial techniques to calm, reset and relax the body. Her work can benefit pre/post-natal clients, athletes, chronic pain and migraine sufferers and anyone seeking overall wellness. She believes in meeting people where they LIVE (honoring exactly where they are in life and the events that brought them there) and has a passion for helping people suffering with chronic back, neck or shoulder pain, or headaches and migraines.
In her ‘spare’ time Brooke loves to travel and scuba dive. She is also very busy as a volunteer giving time back to hospice families, wounded warriors project & battle buddies. Brooke is an Ashli instructor teaching CPR/first aid throughout the community. Brooke is thrilled to be a part of the Colorado FOP’s efforts regarding wellness and has graciously volunteered to offer massages to FOP members at no cost on May 7th and May 21st so call her to get scheduled ASAP because appointments are limited. Beginning in July Brooke will charge $50 per massage session which is still a great price for someone of her experience and expertise.
Kelly Karinen has a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern. She hold credentials as an LPCC and CAS (Certified Addictions Specialist). Kelly is an 18 year veteran of law enforcement, and is honored to serve the first responder community. During her law enforcement career she was privileged to be involved in a variety of positions related to mental health advocacy and working with people in crisis. She was a course director for the Jefferson County Crisis Intervention Teams program, a Mental Health First Aid instructor, and a SWAT Crisis Negotiator.