MHMRA of Harris County - Annual Report FY 2012 2012 - Page 2

Investing in Dignity In the early 1990s, law enforcement was not trained to respond to people, such as Felix, who were exhibiting signs of a psychiatric crisis. Now, MHMRA has joined forces with the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to create Crisis Intervention Response Teams. MHMRA licensed clinicians accompany officers to respond to calls involving people who may have mental illness. The result is safer interactions that have a better chance of appropriately redirecting people into mental health care, not jail.