Mental Health Deputy programs help improve the crisis response system by diverting people in need of behavioral health crisis services from hospitals and jails to community-based alternatives that provide effective behavioral health treatment at less cost. Mental Health Deputies are officers specially trained in crisis intervention through Texas Commission on Law Enforcement who work collaboratively with the community and the crisis-response teams of Local Mental Health Authorities and Local Behavioral Health Authorities.
Statement of Work
- The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement strives to meet its mission of ensuring a Texas where people are served by highly trained and ethical law enforcement and corrections personnel through screening, developing, monitoring resources, and setting standards.
- The Texas CIT Association is a non-profit organization comprised of law enforcement, corrections, the mental health community, and advocacy groups to provide standardized training, support, and education in responding to those affected by mental illness and/or those who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
- Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 573, Emergency Detention
- Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 574, Section 574.023, Apprehension Under Order
- 37 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 221, §221.11