Welcome to the website of the Houston Police Department’s Mental Health Division (MHD). We hope you find our site helpful and informative. Don’t hesitate to call or email us with questions or comments. Our contact information can be found on the Contact Us page.
It is an honor serving as the commander of the department’s first-ever Mental Health Division. The MHD is a unique division and a prime example of community policing. The success of a police department is commensurate to the extent to which it works with the community to identify and solve problems. The success of the MHD is due in large part to the collaboration that exists between the Houston Police Department, mental health professionals in Houston/Harris County, and advocacy groups, such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Working with its community partners, Houston has developed a division overseeing a multifaceted strategy for responding to individuals in serious mental health crises that is the leader in the state and one of the national models.
Responding to individuals in serious mental health crises is a significant issue facing law enforcement today. Elevating the Mental Health Unit to a division underscores the Houston Police Department’s commitment to responding to individuals with mental illness as professionally, safely, and humanely as possible. To our knowledge, Houston is the only police department in the nation to have a Mental Health Division and the resultant manpower and resources a division encompasses.
We will continue to work diligently with our community partners to improve our response to individuals with mental illness, substance abuse, and the homeless, and continue to develop innovative model strategies that will keep Houston the premiere law enforcement agency in the state and the nation regarding specialized police responses for responding to the mentally ill.
Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in the Houston Police Department’s Mental Health Division.
Bill Staney, Captain
Houston Police Department
Mental Health Division
Photo by Senior Officer Matt Fowler, Houston Police Photo Lab