Mental Health Training for Law Enforcement

Team from Harris County, Northern Lakes and State Police

Frank Webb of Harris County; Stacey Kaminski of Northern Lakes; State Trooper Brent Nichols; and Eric Uriegas, Harris County

A group from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Houston, Texas, has been working with staff at Northern Lakes Community Mental Health to give people in crisis the support they need.

All week law enforcement and mental health specialists have been learning how to identify symptoms, and respond to people with established mental health issues, or those experiencing an emotional crisis.

Thursday they were able to get hands-on and role-play some scenarios to simulate what could be encountered on the job.

“We want law enforcement officers to have a good idea of what it is that’s out there what they may come into contact with and then give them some tips and some tools to utilize as far as verbal communication to help limit you know having to use force on individuals that suffer from mental illness,” Eric Uriegas, crisis intervention instructor said.

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