Kim grew up in Baltimore, coming to Rochester, NY to attend the University of Rochester. After graduation she moved on to graduate school, first graduating with a Masters in Counseling and Human Development then with a Masters in Social Work. Kim has worked in the field of mental health for 22 years, in a variety of settings from outpatient clinics, the emergency department, the jail, and most recently serving as Chief of Clinical and Forensic Services at the Office of Mental Health.
Since 2014 Kim has grown the collaborative efforts between the clinical system and law enforcement, and trained law enforcement as a DCJS certified instructor. In 2016 Kim joined the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Taskforce (JTTF) as the first embedded Task Force Officer in the country. The goal of all collaboration with law enforcement, whether local or federal, is to identify individuals in need of treatment and intervention and work to connect them to necessary services and supports to increase community safety. Areas of expertise are threat assessment, communication and de-escalation, and crisis intervention.