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June 1, 2018

Richmond, Texas

 

 

      Fort Bend County has been recognized with the National Association of County’s achievement award for the innovative Crisis Intervention Program.

    

      The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a specialized unit formed within the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and funded under federal grants that assists in helping individuals suffering from mental illness.

 

      The objective of the team is to work within the mental health provider network by assisting mental health consumers in crisis in reaching the appropriate care by diverting these individuals away from incarceration or emergency rooms when possible.

 

     The 10-member team utilizes specialized training and protocols to assist in these goals, and is involved in training other first responders within the county in the recognition of mental illness.

 

     “Our Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) prioritizes the well-being of our citizens by linking law enforcement with behavioral health service,” said Sheriff Troy Nehls. “CIT serves as a gateway to treatment instead of incarceration, improving service to our community while also reducing costs to taxpayers.  CIT routinely resolves crises with dignity and care, increasing trust with the vulnerable citizens CIT was designed to serve.”

 

     Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

 

     “Our Crisis Intervention Team is a truly innovative means to place people into treatment rather than jail whenever possible based on the circumstances of each intervention,” said Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert. “This award is well deserved testimony that our CIT team is a valued expansion of our law enforcement response capabilities.”

 

 

Members of the Crisis Intervention Team include, Sgt. Jerome Ellis; Dr. Connie Almeida; Deputy Theo Deaver, Deputy Kathy Drzata, Deputy Sonia Craig, Capt. Matt Carter; Deputy Michelle Guajardo, Deputy Michael Steiner, Deputy Gary Kidder, Deputy Alexander Rey, Lt. Scott Soland and Deputy Anthony DeLeon.

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