disturbances, as well as critical incident calls requiring the tactical team to be deployed, and with each call, it seems deputies have dealt with the individuals on a repetitive basis.
The primary goal of the Kaufman County Crisis Response Team is to reclaim a sense of safety and security in a time of crisis. Crisis Team calls are dispatched through the emergency 911 system. Team members are able to fully focus on the emotional and practical needs of the family and /or individual in crisis, and to help them receive needed support, and to refer them to outside agencies for further support.
Deputies who volunteer to be part of the team must complete a ten week training program offered by the North Texas Suicide and Crisis Center, as well as completing 50 hours on the crisis line necessary to obtain their Crisis Counselor Certification. The CRT team is also available during the event of a natural disaster, and is prepared to operate within the Critical Incident Command Structure of the Sheriffs Office.
Mental illness affects virtually every aspect of life and presents many challenges to individuals, as well as their families. People who struggle with these disorders need community support and continuity of care to move toward maximum recovery.
Sheriff David A. Byrnes stated “It is my hope that this program will demonstrate what can be accomplished when authorities, the community, and mental health officials work together.”