MENTAL HEALTH DEPUTIES HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE
The Gulf Coast Center recently honored the Mental Health Deputies of Galveston and Brazoria Counties Sheriff Departments for their outstanding dedication and service. Dawn Caron, Director of Crisis Services, Gulf Coast Center coordinated the event honoring the deputies.
The Galveston County Sheriff’s Department, who implemented the first Mental Health Deputy Program in the United States, has been recognized nationally with the American Psychiatric Association Gold Award for Excellence. The Brazoria County Mental Health Deputy Program is the second such unit started in Texas.
Mike Winburn, Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center, stated “Our Mobile Crisis Outreach Team works in conjunction with these specially trained officers whose professional response to a person in crisis is critical to their safety. 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.”
In addition to the initial crisis response, the Mental Health Deputies must assess the individual to determine what level of care may be needed and then facilitate the appropriate clinical treatment. In addition to the initial crisis response, once the situation is stabilized the Mobile Crisis Outreach Team can provide follow up services up to 90 days to lessen the chance of future episodes. This includes scheduling outpatient appointments and referrals to community resources.
Honorees included Capt. B.T. Joseph, Sgt. Kevin Walker, Investigator Chris Howell, Major Raymond Tuttoilmondo, Administrative Assistant Brenda Castro, Investigator Krystal Stinson, Deputy Sean Hodder, Deputy Ricco Velez, Sgt. Pat Matocha, Deputy Clinton Lobpries, Investigator Wayne Cook, Deputy Emily Hunt, and Mobile Crisis Outreach Team members Marvin Jackson, Shalis Gordon, Crystal “Chrissy” Carpenter, Shannon Griffin, Chrystal Nixon, Amanda Ripple, Patrice Johnson, MCOT nurse Myra Siversten, and Crisis Director Dawn Caron.