Houston selected to chair the workgroup that developed the 24-hour CIT training module for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement’s Basic Peace Officer Curriculum.
2006 – 2007
Houston selected to teach all Texas police chiefs the state-mandated 16-hour CIT training through the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas at Sam Houston State University.
Chronic Consumer Stabilization Initiative (CCSI) formed with two case managers and one police officer.
Houston was one of six police departments nationwide selected as a Council of State Governments Specialized Policing Response National Learning Site.
Houston’s Chronic Consumer Stabilization Initiative was a Finalist for the Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing.
Winner of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Community Policing Award for the Chronic Consumer Stabilization Initiative.
Formation of the department’s first-ever Homeless Outreach Team.
Led the state effort to form a Texas CIT Association.
CCSI expands with two additional case managers
Winner of the Bronze Telly Award for the production, with Houston Television, of a training video on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
First Place Texas Association of Telecommunicators Officers and Advisers for documentary on PTSD.
Texas House of Representatives recognized the Mental Health Unit with a resolution read on the House floor. Recognized for service to the community, mental health professionals, and criminal justice and for exemplifying excellence and innovation through collaboration and commitment.
Mental Health Unit initiated two pieces of legislation in the 83rd Texas Legislature that became law: House Bill 1738 regarding a one-page Notification of Emergency Detention form for the state and Senate Bill 1189 regarding the seizure and disposition of firearms found in the possession of a person being brought for an emergency detention. Both bills signed into law September 2013.
Formation of the Houston Police Department’s first-ever Mental Health Division.
Formation of the Houston Police Department’s first-ever Boarding Homes Enforcement Detail in the Mental Health Division.
Mental Health Division depicted on a video for the 2013 International Association of Chiefs of Police international conference.
Mental Health Division works to pass the city’s first-ever ordinance regulation boarding homes, many of which house individuals with mental illness.
CCSI expanded with two additional case managers for a total of six on the program.
Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) expanded with two additional police officers and two additional case managers. The program now has one sergeant, four police officers, and three case managers.
Chief of Police Commendation for Crisis Intervention Response Team.
The Chronic Consumer Stabilization Initiative named Winner of the Michael Shanahan Award for Excellence in Public/Private Cooperation
Homeless Outreach Team named Finalist for the International Association of Chiefs of Police Community Policing Award
Statewide training publication “Responding to the Mentally Ill: A Guide for Texas Peace Officers” developed and distributed to law enforcement personnel, behavioral health professionals, and family members across the state.
Crisis Intervention Response Team expanded to 12 teams
Crisis Call Diversion Pilot Program starts in March
The Mental Health Division grows to include 35 classified personnel and 39 personnel from the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD.
The Mental Health Division opens the Senior Justice Assessment Center.