Pilot Program to Assist those with Mental Health Issues
May 13, 2008 - The Houston Police Department will be conducting a six-month pilot program entitled the “Crisis Intervention Response Team.” The CIRT’s first day of operation was Monday, May 5. The CIRT combines an HPD Crisis Intervention Team officer with a licensed mental health clinician, and allows them to respond to calls with persons with a mental illness in need of assistance.
The pilot program is based out of the South Central Patrol Division and will encompass areas of the east, southeast, Clear Lake and central areas of the city. However, the CIRT will be available to respond citywide when a supervisor at a police call feels the presence of a team member is necessary.
The objectives for the CIRT are:
“The Houston Police Department is committed to providing a professional and humane response to persons in a mental health crisis and who have come to the attention of law enforcement,” said Lieutenant Michael Lee, supervisor for the Crisis Intervention Team and Crisis Intervention Response Team.
For more information regarding the HPD Crisis Intervention Team and Crisis Intervention Response Team, visit the teams’ Web site at www.houstoncit.org.