POLICE Department

Mental Health Division

In 2013 the Mental Health Unit was elevated to a division in recognition of the importance of this issue to the department and the public. Police and mental health clinicians assigned to the Mental Health Division provide assistance to consumers through various programs. This division is the department liaison with the mental health community in the area.

Responding to individuals in serious mental health crises continues to be a complex and challenging issue facing law enforcement today. The department, in collaboration with community mental health professionals and advocates, allocates unprecedented manpower and resources to ensure Houston officers respond as professionally, humanely, and safely as possible to individuals in serious mental health crises. As a result, Houston has become the leading law enforcement agency in the State of Texas and one of the national leaders in this effort. Houston is one of six police departments nationally selected by the United States Council of State Governments as a learning site for specialized programs for responding to the mentally ill.

Police and mental health clinicians assigned to the Mental Health Division provide assistance to consumers through various programs, including the Crisis Intervention Response Team (CIRT), the Chronic Consumer Stabilization Initiative (CCSI), the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), and Boarding Homes Detail.

CSG Justice Center Announces Six Law Enforcement Agencies Become National
"Learning Sites" on Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses


Selected were the Houston(TX) Police Department, Los Angeles (CA) Police Department, Madison (WI) Police Department, Portland (ME) Police Department, Salt Lake City (UT) Police Department, and University of Flordia Police Department.


To read more, go to:

http://www.consensusproject.org/learningsites

http://www.consensusproject.org/issue_areas/law-enforcement

To continue to the Crisis Intervention Team website:

Houston Police Crisis Intervention Team