Mental Health Deputy Program Celebrates 40th Anniversary
17 Nov 2015

GALVESTON, TX –  The Galveston County Sheriff’s Department is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Mental Health Deputy Program, Friday, November 13, 11 am – 3 pm, at the Joe Max Taylor Law Enforcement Building, 601 54th St., Galveston.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Department implemented the first Mental Health Deputy Program in the United States. The program has been recognized nationally and has won numerous awards including the American Psychiatric Association Gold Award for Excellence.

Specially trained officers are skilled in handling people in crisis situations who work in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Center’s Mobile Crisis Outreach Team to provide a comprehensive response to individuals who may be experiencing a crisis episode where they are a danger to themselves or others. The response can include receiving the initial call from the Crisis Hotline, being dispatched to assess the individual to determine what level of care may be needed, and then facilitating the appropriate clinical treatment. Mental Health Deputies are trained to stabilize the situation and transport individuals for screening, telemedicine services or to a hospital unit. This combined effort allows for the individual to receive treatment in the least restrictive environment.

Interview: Jaime Castro (409) 766-2323

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 9, 2015                                                                                                                             CONTACT: M.J. Naschke (409) 771-4373