EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and Emergence Health Network have established a Crisis Intervention Unit to respond to incidents involving a mental health crisis.
“These types of calls can be very challenging and should, when possible, be handled
by mental health professionals,” said Sheriff Richard Wiles.
The Crisis Intervention Unit, which is composed of three teams, is trained to recognize mental illness, to enhance their verbal crisis de-escalation skills and to provide more access to community-based mental health services.
Since April 12, one deputy and a clinician respond to calls involving mental illness servicing all of the unincorporated areas of El Paso County.
“When citizens call the police for a loved one or individual suffering from a mental
health crisis, they expect a response that will provide protection from harm and a path of
treatment,” Wiles said.